Your Fall Garden Checklist
Although the summer months are when most gardening occurs, the early fall is also a great time to do some landscaping and preparations for the cold winter months. October and November are great months for gardening and planting next season’s flower bed when it is not too hot to work outside and plants have a chance to truly thrive.
Here are some suggestions to consider when gardening and landscaping this fall and how to prepare your gardens for winter.
Preparing Vegetable Gardens for Cooler Weather
When the summer harvest is over, it is time to start cleaning out the vegetable garden and getting it ready for winter. Vegetables, vines, leaves and roots that are left in a garden to decay can be a breeding ground for diseases and pests during the winter. It is important to clear all debris from the garden and add it into a composting pile or remove it from the property in order to ensure the health and prosperity of plants next spring. It is also possible to start growing cool season crops during this time – spinach, lettuce, and broccoli all thrive during the late summer and early fall, making a fall garden a real treat.
Fun Fall Landscaping
We are quickly coming up on the best time of year to plant shrubs and trees – as the demand for foliage growth begins to wane, the soil is still warm enough to let the roots of these plants grow properly. Additionally, trees and shrubs will have 6 to 8 months for their roots to fully develop in preparation for hot summer weather. It is important to make sure that newly planted items are well watered considering the cool, dry winds of fall can quickly dehydrate them. New plants should be watered once a week when it does not rain and make sure to check soil moisture level often and water as needed.
Plant Spring Flowers Now
The months of October and November are the best times to plant flower bulbs for blooming in early spring. If you are not planning on planting leftover bulbs from the previous season, make sure to store them in a cool, dry place for planting next year. Those gardeners who live in cooler climates should plant bulbs during October, and warmer climate gardeners should take advantage of November weather for planting. Fall is also the ideal time to divide and/or plant perennial seeds for the spring to get them ready to bloom at the perfect time and add beautiful color to your garden.
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