Outdoor Plants, Fall, Blog
August 12, 2020
The season is changing, bringing cooler temperatures. It’s time to think about preparing your garden for fall and winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fertilizing, top-dressing and seeding your lawn in autumn will give your grass a boost for next spring.
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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