Fall gardening is the best thing you can do to prepare the garden for winter and spring. The weather is cool and sometimes foggy so working outside is more bearable. Most plants slow down in their growth at this time and some completely die out only to return to life in the spring. Here are some of the beneficial things you can do for your garden in the fall……..
Fall Gardening Tips
- Clean up
Rake fallen leaves and use them as mulch around plants and trees or put them in your compost pile. This also helps the lawn to absorb sunlight and air. Rake small twigs and branches on the ground and use them as kindling for the fire pit or for fall decorating.
- Prune Plants
Some plants can be pruned lightly to get rid of spent blooms, dead or crossing branches.
- Divide Perennials
Overgrown and overcrowded plants need to be divided and transplanted. Dig up the whole plant and gently separate the roots in smaller clumps. Cut any dead roots and discard them. Transplant the smaller clumps in other areas in the garden or give it away to friends and family who would love to have free plants.
- Plant Bulbs
Now is the best time before the first frost to plant assorted bulbs like tulips, daffodils, anemone, crocus, and ranunculus for a spectacular spring display. To save time and your back, use a bulb planter to dig the holes.
- Plant Cool Season Vegetables
If you love growing your own vegetables, fall is the best time to plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mixed salad greens, kale, Swiss chard, peas, chives, artichokes, Italian parsley and onions.
- Plant Perennials
Pick plants that are native to your area. These plants are well adapted to your climate and does not need a lot of water to survive. Planting them in the fall gives them enough time to grow healthy roots.
- Apply Mulch
Spread compost or mulch around plants and trees to protect them from extreme weather and to keep the soil moist. Compost will give plants nutrients to grow healthy. Leave a few inches of space open around the base of the plant and the tree trunk.
- Plant Fruit Trees and Berries
At nurseries and home improvement stores you will find a wide assortment of fruit trees available now. Picking your own fresh fruit in the summer is one of pleasures you can look forward to. Pick healthy trees that are at least 5-6 feet tall and transplant them in your yard. This way you don’t have to wait a long time for fruit to develop.
- Reseed the Lawn
To repair dead areas in the lawn, sow grass seeds and cover lightly with good soil. Water seeds regularly and soon the empty patch will be covered.
- Grow More Plants from Cuttings
Growing plants from cuttings is a cheap way to have more plants in the garden. Cut healthy stems, snip off the flowers and lower leaves, then stick them in the ground or use a rooting hormone.[amazon_link asins=’0376039205′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’justsavorit-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’46ce7ccc-ae0b-11e7-8082-4189aceaa7bf’]