Before you know it, summertime will be gone, and the autumn months will be upon us. For that reason, it’s a good idea to start to prepare your garden for fall maintenance. This helps to make sure your yard and garden still looks great when the leaves fall.
Throughout the course of this post, we will provide you with some brilliant tips that could help you to achieve the look you desire. While you don’t have to take note of our advice, we guarantee it will improve the aesthetic of your outdoor space and leave visitors to your home impressed with your handiwork.
How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall
Close down your vegetable garden
If you planted a vegetable garden, it’s time to close it down. Start pulling the plants that are spent and no longer producing. Trim back some plants. Gather the straggler fruit and veggies. Harvest herbs that won’t survive over the winter, and if you’re into it, start collecting the seeds.
Now is also a great time to add mulch and/or compost, especially if you’ve planted directly in the ground or in a raised bed garden. If you have a container garden, just consider some compost. This is also a great time to consider making a kitchen or windowsill herb garden.
Plant bulbs to be ready for spring
October is considered to be the best time plant spring bulbs, so you don’t have to worry about it for another couple of months. However, now would be a good time to start selecting which flowers you would like to see in the new year. Daffodils and tulips are usually the top choices, as they add a significant amount of color to your lawn, especially in planters and along walkways.
Trim everything back
While most of your plants and trees won’t grow much during autumn or winter, it’s a good idea to trim them back now to be ready for the spring. That way, your garden will look tidy until next year, and you won’t have to worry about it come March.
Remove diseased plant life
Diseases will spread through your garden like wildfire, especially if you don’t remove the affected plants and trees quickly enough. So, it would be sensible to take a quick look around and see if you can spot any issues. If you see that a certain plant is dying because of an outdoor disease, you need to dig it up straight away and throw it in the trash. That is the best way of limiting the spread of infections of that nature. Don’t try to compost it, as that will just infect your whole compost pile.
Water your evergreens
It might sound a little out of the ordinary, but most expert gardeners recommend you start watering your evergreens during the colder months. Conifers especially could require extra moisture to keep growing at a suitable rate. So, make sure you purchase a watering can and don’t forget to give them some attention.
Rake up fallen leaves
Most people think that leaves only fall off trees during the autumn, but that isn’t true. It’s often towards the end of the summer when this vegetation begins to die and land in your yard. You should always rake up any fallen leaves straightaway to avoid them harming your lawn.
Don’t throw them away though. Instead, compost them and use the resulting material at a later date. Fallen leaves can also negatively impact your paving slabs. Certain species can stain them if left for a long period.
Fill your bird-feeder
Birds have a lot more trouble finding sustenance during the colder months, and so it would be sensible to fill your feeder before autumn arrives. Having lots of wildlife in your garden will make it a healthier and more appealing space. So, you should encourage birds to stop by whenever possible. Maybe you might even like to purchase a birdbath?
You should now be in the best position to prepare your garden for fall and autumn. Just use some of the suggestions made here, and everything should be covered.
What are your best tips to prepare your garden for fall and autumn??