Fall is a fantastic time to work in the garden. Cool temperatures, bright sunshine and leaves turning colors make for productive and enjoyable work. Fall is the time to lay the foundation for a successful spring.
Planting spring bulbs in the fall gives you something to really look forward to in the spring. Too many gardeners have been disappointed when tulips, daffodils and alliums are blooming in their neighbor’s gardens, and they forgot to plant them in their own. A little sweat in the fall goes a long way in the spring.
For more information: How And When To Plant Spring Bulbs
Fall is a great time to improve your lawn. Seeding, along with aerating and topdressing, is one of the best things you can do for a lush, green lawn. Aeration opens up the soil and allows air, water and nutrients to better get to the root system where it is needed. Topdressing with a quality screened topsoil will create a nice seed bed for the germinating grass plants. Seeding increases the population of grass plants, which can help to squeeze our potential weeds. Most of the seed will germinate in the fall but do not worry if not all of it does. Some seed will go dormant for the winter and grow in the spring.
For More Information: Fall Lawn Care Tips
Growing garlic requires one to take the long view. Plant it now and harvest it next August. Growing garlic is easy and requires little on-going work. Do however make sure to protect the new plantings for the winter with a light layer of mulch or shredded leaves.
For More Information: Grow Your Own Garlic
Prune Out Dead Limbs
It is always the right time to remove dead limbs from plants. Dead wood is an opportunity for pests to invade. Removing it and disposing of the cuttings properly is a key step in reducing season to season pest invasions.
If you have just planted new plants this year, or are growing plants that typically grow in a zone south of you, be sure to protect them from the winter cold. These plants have tender root systems that are important to the plant’s development and growth. If they are damaged, the plant could die or be permanently damaged. Use a light layer of mulch or better yet, shred some if those leaves you rake up with a lawn mower. What a great way to recycle!
For More Information: Mulch Mistakes To Avoid
Fall is an ideal time to get new shrubs and trees into the ground. Plants go through less planting shock when planted in the fall. The lower temperatures make it so much easier for them to adapt to their new home. While the top of the plant may be sleeping the winter away, the root system is still growing so when spring hits, the plant is ready to grow.
For More Information: How To Care For New Shrubs And Trees
Growing Better Gardeners is not just our tagline, it is our mission.
RightPlantz is the leading digital marketplace connecting homeowners and garden enthusiasts with local green industry professionals. RightPlantz is where gardening starts. Millions of homeowners around the country search for landscape, lawn care, arborists, irrigation installation and garden centers companies every year. RightPlantz is where green industry businesses grow.