With the summer passing, it may seem obvious that the time has come for you to put down your gardening tools and rest with your garden over the colder months. However, before you do so, you might want to reconsider leaving your garden to fend for itself as it awaits the winter. Even though the rainy days of autumn may not seem ideal for gardening, a little trouble will go a long way, and it may minimize the effort you’ll have to invest when spring comes.
Here are some of the most useful things you should do to help yourself and your garden out.
1. Put the potted plants indoors
This refers to your herbs and any plants that need warmth all year round. If you prefer to keep them outside, now would be the time to bring them inside, before they freeze. However, it’s not enough to simply put them in your house or somewhere warm, you need to make sure that you’re looking after them properly.
2. Take a good look around
The first thing you want to check out is the soil. Examine your garden carefully and try to find any particularly weedy or bald spots. It is a good idea to add natural fertilizers which will help enrich the soil, so it will be better prepared for the spring. Next, inspect your perennials and prune them if necessary. Look for discoloration or growths on the leaves, branches, and flowers on your plants. If you find any damaged or diseased spots, cut them off using gardening shears or scissors. Do not skip this step, because a dead or diseased part can be detrimental for your garden in the long run.
3. Take care of the Lawn
Your lawn will require some work before the snows come, but if you put some effort into it, it will pay off tenfold in spring. The first thing you need to do is keep your normal mowing pace. You do not want the grass to be taller than usual, because that will increase the risk of fungus damage once snow covers them. Next, you should fertilize, and if need be, overseed your lawn. It is important to keep the seeds moist, so if there’s no rain, you’ll have to do it yourself. If you need to, apply some weed-killers, so you’ll have to do minimal work on that later. In this case, be mindful of pets and children, since most herbicides are not good for them. It seems very tiring, but provided you take good care of your lawn before winter, in spring you’ll be rewarded by a fabulous lawn, with just the maintenance work to be done.
4. Examine the trees
First off, pay close attention to any branches that may be rotting. It is not only about the aesthetics, it is a question of safety as well, since falling branches can harm people, animals, cars, etc. It is much easier to check in fall since there are no leaves on the branches to interfere with your inspection. Remove all dangerous parts to stop diseases from spreading and accidents from happening. Also, collect the leaves and make good use of them – use them for mulching your lawn and garden.
5. Prepare young trees for the winter
If you’d like to plant any new trees and shrubs, now is the best time to do it. Trees planted in fall will have plenty of time to form their roots well before spring comes. However, if there isn’t any rain, you need to water them about once a week, to make sure they are well hydrated. Besides that, you’ll want to give them the best shot at surviving the winter with as little pain as possible. It is crucial to protect all parts of the tree to make sure your new tree grows strong.
Well, it seems that you’ll be quite busy this fall, doesn’t it? Enjoy tending to your garden, and don’t forget, the more you do today, the prettier it will be tomorrow! Even though all of this looks like a lot of work, it will save you some time and hard work when spring arrives.