Although your beautiful blooms and summer vegetable bounties are coming to a close, Fall is still a fantastic time for gardeners. Follow the five tips below to squeeze more life out of your soil now while also preparing for a fruitful spring.
1. Trim back your perennials. While none of us like watching our summer gardens go to seed, it's important to care for your perennials even after they lose their greenery and gorgeous blooms. If left untamed, mildew and insects can wreck your perennials and ensure more work for you in the spring. Instead, trim them back so they won't rot on the ground all winter. This will revitalize your perennials for next spring, making sure they remain healthy during their dormant winter season.
2. Plant grass. If you were lucky enough to enjoy lots of time outdoors this summer, there are probably a few areas of your lawn that have suffered from heavy family and pet traffic. Lay grass seed and water twice daily in the Fall, which gives your new grass plenty of time to establish strong roots before winter weather arrives.
3. Ditto on shrubs. If you’re hoping to add new evergreen shrubs to your landscape, Fall is the absolute best time to undertake the project. Too much summer sun can harm them before they have time to establish roots, but mild Fall days provide the perfect climate for these hearty beauties to take root. Just make sure to plant them at least two weeks before the first expected frost.
4. Jump-start your Spring bulbs. Whether you’re adding new bulbs or you’re hoping to cultivate them for the first time, they’ll need a winter’s freeze to begin their growing process. Get them in the ground at least two weeks prior to a frost, ideally when the temperature is in the low 50s, then sit back and enjoy a colorful Spring.