Summer has passed and the cool and colourful Fall season is here. Many gardeners use the change in season as a signal to put away the shovels, take off the gloves, and stop gardening for the rest of the year. However, some experienced gardeners know that this season can be crucial for your garden plans for next year. A little fall planning and prepping can really rev up the spring season. Autumn is the time to clean up your flower beds, enhance your soil by adding minerals and nutrients prepare sod and minimize problems in the new growing season.
If you want to have beautiful flower beds full of early growers like tulips or forget-me-nots in the spring, then this season is also the time to plant spring blooming bulbs and pull out tender summer bloomers. Fall garden prep is one of those maintenance chores that will help guarantee a beautiful and bountiful garden next season. Here are some areas to consider when gardening during the Fall.
Planting New Plants
Sure the summer flowers and vegetables can’t survive in the brisk temperatures of the fall, but that is no reason to leave your beds empty. Gardeners can definitely use this time to plant some popular spring bulbs and even plant some cool season plants to liven up your gardens. Some popular choices for the cooler seasons are asters, pansies and kale.
Fall is also an ideal time to plant shrubs and trees believe it or not. Newly planted trees and shrubs will get adequate moisture and a dormant period to minimize transplant shock.
Clean-up Unwanted Growth and Prepare Soil
This is the best time to clear old growth and rid your garden of pesky plants like weeds. You can also remove spent vegetables, clean up plant debris and weeds, and winterize your lawn furniture and water features. Other important garden tips include raking leaves onto the lawn and mowing them with a grass catcher. This gardening tip is good because it will mix nitrogen and carbon which will enhance the fertility in spring and help prevent weeds.
Now is the ideal time to give your soil a little tender loving care. After a busy summer season the nutrients and minerals in the soil often need to be replenished. Adding a soil enhancer, organic material or even compost will go along way in strengthening your soil for next year.
Take Note of What Worked
A common occurrence for gardeners is forgetting about the last season. It can be really beneficial to take note of what worked and what didn’t work in your garden. Did the plants get enough sun, or water? Or should you plant shade plants next year. These are the types of questions you should ask yourself and put down in a gardening notebook. This will help ensure your gardens look bigger and better the next time around.