Maintaining a well-kept garden during the colder months helps for when springtime rolls around. The perfect garden can take a lot of trial and error, but you can set yours up for success this fall with some helpful tips.
Take a good look at your garden and assess what plants or vegetables did well during the summer months and which didn’t do so well. This will give you a better idea on what to plant or how to improve for next season.
Once you have an idea of what works, add some mulch to parts that need it and start the fertilizing process. The cooler temperatures are a perfect time to add a slow-release, all-natural fertilizer to turfgrasses. Be sure to weed out dead or diseased plants, divide overgrown plants, and cover any bare patches.
What to Plant and When
The best vegetables to grow during the fall season are cool weather veggies like lettuce, arugula, parsley and other leafy greens. Fall is also the best time to plant trees or shrubs for curb appeal. You’ll want to start planting bulbs as soon as you can, ideally before the first frost of the year. Come spring, your tulips and daffodils will be live in color.
Encourage bird feed and birdhouses around your garden. Birds are a natural insect and pest repellant and will do great at keeping them at bay. Often forgotten, don’t forget to tidy up your shed or gardening tool space. Keep an inventory of what you’re running low on and may need next season, or what tools are outdated or could be replaced.