Every season has its time and purpose when it comes to your yard. Fall’s purpose is that of preparation for dormancy and the coming cold months that ensue with winter. If you ever wondered how people have such beautiful yards, they probably work feverishly in the fall to make their yards gorgeous in the spring and summer. Below are some of our garden tips that can really pay off in the sprint time.
#1. Plant Spring Bulbs
If color is something you love to see in your garden, fall should be your best friend. Fall is the perfect time to plant spring flower bulbs. These gorgeous blooms will emerge come spring time and beautify your garden with gorgeous blooms and succulent smells. Now is the time to pick out your favorite blooms and add them to your garden area. Make sure you read the directions per bloom – they will give you insightful information as to how big the flower is expected to grow and how deep and far apart the bulb should be planted. You do not want to overcrowd the bulbs. The best thing about fall planting, is once you plant these bulbs they will return every year, as long as you do not dig them up or they do not die in the winter since they are perennials. For long-term care it is recommended to cut the plants back after the first freeze to help reduce damage to the plant from insects and disease.
#2. Prune for Growth
If you have trees or bushes in your garden, fall is the time to prune them. By pruning these plants you are allowing them to be healthier by giving the plant room to grow and be exposed to the sun. Every living thing needs the sun and often times bushes and trees become overgrown in the middle and need some tender loving care to continue growing at its optimum prime. The best branches to prune are anything that is growing across another healthy branch and limbs that are spawns off the major limbs. You can also prune anything that seems to be growing in a direction you would rather it not.
#3. Feed and Prevent
Give your garden soil the nutrients it craves by mixing in organic compost with the soil. Mulch and compost and disease free debris and allow Mother Nature to do her job through the worms and earthworms as they feed on the compost and pass on nutrients to the active root systems below. Fall is also a good time to lay down pre-emergents to help reduce weeds in your garden for the next growing season.
#4. Prepare Plants
Live plants are good plants, and the best way to ensure your plants do not die during the freezing winter temperatures is to prepare them in the fall. Cut back your plants once they go into their hibernation mode, and prepare the soil with a fresh, thick layer of organic mulch. The mulch helps to regulate the temperature of the soil at an even temperature. Together, these steps should give your plants the needed care to make it through the winter with flying colors.