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Fall Gardening Cleanup

August 12, 2020

Fall Gardening Tips

The season is changing, bringing cooler temperatures. It’s time to think about preparing your garden for fall and winter.

HERE'S SOME IDEAS TO HELP YOU GET STARTED

BRING TROPICAL PLANTS INSIDE

If tropical plants have been part of your outside décor, you can bring them inside for the winter. Spray insecticidal soap to ward off insects that may have taken up residence, prune damaged leaves, add fresh soil, and place them in a sun-appropriate spot to continue flourishing over the winter.

 

REMOVE ANNUALS AND MULCH GARDEN BEDS

Removing annuals from garden beds lowers the risk of overwintering pests and diseases. Pull out your annuals, remove excess dirt, and add them to your compost bin.

 

FALL PRUNING

 

Pruning Fall

 

Trees and shrubs can benefit from late fall pruning to help develop new growth in spring. But be careful; some varieties, including many hydrangeas, require old wood for new spring growth. Some plants also do better with spring pruning. Be sure to tailor your pruning plan to your specific garden varieties.

 

PLANT FALL BULBS FOR SPRING BLOOMS

 

planting_Bulbs

 

Tulips, crocuses, daffodils, anemones, and hyacinth are just a few spring-flowering bulbs that require planting in the fall. If you are a veggie gardener, fall is also the time to plant garlic bulbs.

 

PLANT SOMETHING NEW

Fall is a great time to plant new perennials, trees, and shrubs. Cooler temperatures with shorter days create a perfect growing environment. After planting, mulch and water your new plants right up to frost.

 

FALL LAWN CARE

Fertilizing, top-dressing and seeding your lawn in autumn will give your grass a boost for next spring.

 

FILL UP THE BIRD FEEDER

 

Female Cardinal

 

Food is tough for birds in the winter and keeping feeders full of seeds with high fat and oil content will keep them full and nourished. Suet is also an excellent food source for winter birds.

Fall is a great time to be out in the garden, and there are many tasks to extend your gardening season and ensure you are set up for success next spring.


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