It is a busy time in the garden during autumn. The change of seasons and preparations for winter are taking place now. There may be one more opportunity for harvesting before the freezing weather sets in in many climates. Depending on what plants you grow, you can also experience unparalleled beauty and color during this time of year. Garden maintenance is one of the many things to do in autumn to keep your garden busy. Here are some autumn garden tips to get the job done, whether it is raking the yard, cleaning up the garden, starting a fall garden, or preparing for next year:
As winter comes and cool weather sets in and the plants in our gardens fade, it is time to think about preparing the garden for winter. Fall garden clean-up is essential to the long-term health of your garden. Removing any materials used for supporting your plants, like bean stakes, tomato cages, or trellises. Clean all these items by wiping them down or spraying them with a two to one solution of water and bleach. This will kill any diseases that may be lingering on the supports.
One step in cleaning the garden is to remove spent plant material from the garden. Dead plants, old fruit, and vegetables and any diseased plants should be removed from the garden beds and disposed of. If the spent plant material was healthy, it can be added to your composted materials. If the plant material showed signs of disease, it should be disposed of in the trash or by being burned. If you compost diseased plant material, you risk infecting your garden next year with the same disease.
Autumn is a busy time in the garden. It is a time of change and necessary preparations for winter. In many climates, it is the last chance at harvest before the freezing weather sets in. If you grow the right kind of plants, it can also be a time of unparalleled beauty and color. There is a lot to be done in the fall garden, but here we have gathered many of the basics. From the best trees, flowers, and vegetables to grow, to the right steps to take to get ready for winter, there are many things to do in autumn to keep busy in the garden and one of those is maintenance. Whether it is raking the yard, cleaning up the garden, starting a fall garden, or prepping for next season, here are some autumn garden tips to get the job done:
A little fall planning and prepping can really help prepare you for the spring season. Autumn is the time to clean up beds, manage soils, prepare sod, and minimize problems in the new growing season. It is also the time to plant spring blooming bulbs and pull-out tender summer bloomers.