Fall is a great time to garden and plan. If we aren’t sure what to do this fall here are some great tips on what to do in the garden this fall. Get the most out of the season!
Plant for Spring Flowers
Fall is the best time to plant bulbs that will become beautiful flowers in the spring season. Some bulbs, such as tulips, irises, and crocuses, need to endure a freeze before they start growing and blooming. So planting them in the fall ensures that they will go through a winter freeze and be perfect in the spring. To make sure that the flowers thrive, you should plant the bulbs when the temperature drops into the forties to fifties but before the ground actually freezes.
Keep an eye out for discounts
To plan for the prime garden season the next year, do your garden shopping in the fall. This is the time that the prices go on sale in the garden centers in order to get rid of things that were not sold earlier in the garden season. If you are worried about keeping the seeds you buy, at a discount, in the fall fresh just stick them in the freezer. Then all you need to do is tend to any seedlings indoors until the spring season.
Repot and Take Care
Often, potted plants that you planted that spring can be booming and doing great, meaning they have outgrown their pot. This can often seem like a garden chore, but now you may have a bit more time on your hands to repot those plants. So get it done and give the plants some room to grow. Also, the fall can be a great time to kind of take care of anything in the garden that you may have been wanting to for a while.
For some parts of the world, winter is too freezing and unconditioned for any type of plants. But, for others, this may not be the case. If you live in an area where there is not snow and temperatures do not drop below freezing for an extended period of time, then you are lucky! There are plants that will grow in your area during the winter. These plants are hearty, such as kale, lettuce, chard, and broccoli.
Plant Fast Growers
There is still hope for planting new vegetables when September comes around. There are a lot of plants out there that you can fit in before winter really hits. Some plants can be completely matured and ready to harvest in just four weeks. For example, radish can grow in twenty five days and spinach can be matured in just forty days. So squeeze in some last minute vegetables!
Trees and Shrubs
Fall is the perfect time to add some trees and shrubs to your yard because planting them in the fall give the roots time to lay down a firm foundation before summer of the next year. The best time to plant them is a few weeks before the first frost in your area and if your area tends to have pretty cold winters and snow then you may want to wrap the branches in burlap to ensure that they make it through the winter.
Trim Perennials and Tidy up
By this time in the year, your perennial plants have reached the end. So it is time to tidy up your garden. Trim those perennials. This will clean things up and ensure that they have energy to thrive next year. Make sure to keep your eye out for garden problems such as invasions of insects or mildew.
Turn Attention to your Lawn
Gardening can really slow down during the fall season. This can be a good thing because it gives you some time to focus on your lawn and ensure a strong foundation for next year’s garden. Make sure to tend to it and go over the whole thing with some good fertilizer, perhaps one that is rich in phosphorous.