As the weather gets cooler, we all tend to spend less time outside and perhaps it’s the time of year when we all start to let the gardens go (with first frost approaching, it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated!) What most people don’t realize though is that fall is great time to do work on your gardens and that work could make everything much easier for you in the spring! Here are a few ideas:
Planting and Relocating
Warm days and cool nights make fall the perfect time of year for planting and relocating plants. Trees, shrubs, and most perennials will do very well at this time of year. If you are planning a big gardening project for the spring, now is a great time to get a head start. For ideal outcomes, you will want to do this in September to give them at least 6 weeks to take root before the first frost.
Spring Flowering Bulbs
If you are thinking of adding beautiful spring flowers to your garden such as tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, you will want to get the bulbs in the ground in September or October. Keep tulip bulbs really dry prior to planting and ensure that the bulbs are planted in an area with good drainage or the bulbs will rot. Pick a sunny location and you will want to put the bulbs approximately 8 inches in the ground. If you have lots of squirrels around, you may also want to consider using either chicken wire or a natural repellent to ensure that you precious bulbs stay in place.
Remove Annuals, Cut Back Perennials and Turn the Soil
As your annuals and vegetable plants start to die or rot, remove them from your garden right away. You will also want to cut back perennials such as hostas, peonies, and bleeding hearts. This will not only make your garden clean up easier in the spring but it will also give you the space to properly turn the soil. Adding manure at this time of year will also ensure that your soil is nutrient filled for next spring.
Stow Tools and Prepare for Winter
Now that your gardens are in top shape, it’s time to put everything away for winter and to start dreaming of spring. Make sure that all your gardening tools are put away and don’t forget to turn the water off to the outside. But don’t worry, spring will be here before we know it!