Fall can be a beautiful time for gardens. Don’t think of fall as the end of the growing season but rather as a start of next year’s garden as well. Fall is the best time to get gardens in shape for next spring and the growing season ahead.
Here are some helpful tips to help with your fall gardening:
- Remove annual and vegetable plants from the garden. This will help improve the chance of eliminating future pest and diseases that can survive on dead plant material.
- Cut back perennials. These plants will come back next year because the roots survive, even though the growth above ground dies. Cut dead leaves a few inches above the ground in the fall. This will not harm the plant.
- Remove weeds and leaf debris. These are common places for diseases and pests over winter.
- Add mulch. A fall layer of mulch provides a protective layer over plant’s roots and protects evergreen foliage from soil borne diseases.
- Protect trees and shrubs from pests. Fall is an excellent time to protect your trees and shrubs from pests next spring. Using an insecticide that gets taken up by the roots can be effective for many months. It’s also a good time to trim dead branches from trees.
- Plant for next season. Fall is also the very best time to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, winter annuals, bulbs and cool season vegetables. It is important that you add them to your garden before the soil gets too cold.
- Take care of any plants in containers. It is important to move these planters indoors before the first frost. If you have outdoor planters and want to add some great color, fall is a great time to plant some great flowers and plants such as mums, decorative cabbage and kale.
- Don’t forget the grass. Early fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn. It is also important to keep cutting your lawn in the fall until there is no visible growth for about 2 weeks.
- Investing a bit of time and effort on an autumn day will help ensure your garden is in its best shape and ready for when winter takes hold. Enjoy the fall and the beautiful colours that it brings.