Fall Garden Maintenance
As Fall has arrived you are already thinking how to prepare your fall garden looking at its best. If you were neglecting it so far, surely you’ll have much work to do now.
But, if you are a gardening person and loving your garden tremendously – then you must’ve prepared it very well.
However, these are great tips how to prepare your garden and enjoy it while cold Winter arrives.
Consider Planting New Plants
It is a good idea to use this time of the year, so you can plant some spring bulbs and season plants, in order to fill in few gaps in the landscaping and brighten up a little bit the end of season garden.
If you want to add some color to your garden, then you should consider planting:
These will make your garden even more beautiful.
After you finish your fall garden maintenance, it’s a good time to plant some shrubs and trees if your landscaping idea allows it.
They will also get adequate moisture and a dormant period to minimize the transplant shock they had.
Also, it is a good idea to trim some of your already planted shrubs and trees, and make them look even more appealing and make your home as inviting as possible.
For many gardeners, autumn means an end to gardening, but, it may surprise you when seeing plants can be grown up until the first freeze.
Don’t give up so easily…there are many flowers to bloom yet
In case you are planting veggies, it is good to shop the late season sales. You can plant cabbage and broccoli, and if you are living in mild climates, you can start hard-necked garlic.
It is also good to consider lettuces, radish and some root crops, which need to be covered if snow or an extended freeze is expected.
Clean Up The Garden
Fall garden clean up is essential if you want to preserve a long-term health of your garden.
Yes, it is the end of the season and it is the time to remove vegetable plants remains, clean up all the plant debris there is.
Don’t forget the weeds as well.
In case you have a lawn furniture, it is time to put it in your garage to spend winter there. Don’t forget your water features as well, if you don’t want to repair them in spring time.
Start with raking leaves onto the lawn and mowing them with a grass catcher. You will get a mix of nitrogen and carbon, which makes them an excellent cover in case you have vegetable garden.
It will enhance the fertility in spring and help prevent weeds to occur.
In case you have a veggie garden, consider removing materials used for supporting your plants (bean stakes, tomato cages or trellises).
You should definitely have to clean all of these items. Wipe them down, or spray them with a 2:1 solution of water and bleach.
This will kill any diseases that may be lingering on the supports, for which you are not aware of.
Remove dead plants, old fruit and vegetables, and any diseased plants. They should be removed from the garden beds and disposed, in case you don’t want to grow diseased plant in springtime.
If the spent plant material was healthy, it can be composted, but if the plant material showed some signs of disease, it should be disposed without any second thought, trashed or being burned.
If you compost diseased plant material, you are putting your garden at risk, by re-infecting it next year with the same disease.
Dispose everything that shows signs of doing so.
Prepping Your Fall Garden For Winter
In case you have a vegetable garden, you can most certainly start fall garden clean up earlier if you see there are plants that are fading, and no longer are producing a harvest for you.
Once annual plants begin to fade, you can start cleaning the garden for the autumn. Preparing a vegetable garden for winter, will help your garden stay healthy from year to year. Getting your garden ready for winter is easy and you just need to follow instructions.
Putting you garden to bed for the winter, is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up everything. As temperatures will drop while Fall progresses, plants that aren’t killed by frost – prepare for dormancy.
What you need to do
Clear out all blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables, in order to prevent the possibility of harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter.
While it appears as if all activity in the garden has stopped in winter, there’s a lot going on under the soil until it freezes completely.
Newly transplanted trees and shrubs, divisions of perennials and hardy bulbs are all growing roots, drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them.
Earthworms and various microbes in the soil are still processing the organic material they’re finding. Most likely, the organic mulch you spread to protect the soil during the summer months has substantially decomposed.
It’s important to spread new mulch in a thicker layer, if you want to protect plants and soil over the winter months.
The idea is not so much to keep the soil warm, as it is to keep the temperature even.
Once the soil is frozen, mulch keeps it frozen. So if you have shade trees, convert the fallen leaves to mulch and use it throughout your property.
As you can see, it may be an end to one season, but it doesn’t necessarily means you need to stop working in your garden.
On the contrary – there are a lot of things needed to be done if you want to preserve garden health in good condition.
Therefore, prep really well and make you garden blossom all over again in springtime.
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