Fall is a favourite season of many as there is a lot of color during that time of year, ranging from deep rust colors of mum to vibrant yellows from sunflowers. Although the weather is a lot cooler, it is still a great time to gather fall and winter tips as the weather is still warm enough.
There is plenty of gardening to do during fall, from preparing garden beds, gathering tools you need for winter to a range of small jobs, however all must be done so that your garden is ready for spring time when flowers will bloom once again.
There are plenty of early fall and winter gardening tips for you to follow. For instance, one is to take a journal of your garden. Simply stroll around your garden and write down what you experienced in the summer. For example, note what plants were too invasive and the colors and combinations of plants that you liked and would want to see again.
If you would like to gather annual seeds of flowers you should do so on a day that is dry and calm. Simply gather the seeds and place them into a plastic bag, labelling it as you do so. These seeds can then be used in spring.
You should also check your perennials and check to see if they need splitting up. This time of year is ideal to divide plants that are overgrown and doing so will help make them healthier and stronger for the following season. Pinch off faded blooms to deadhead them.
You can also start to dig up any bulbs you have such as dahlias and slowly introduce them back into your house to create an indoor winter garden. Make sure that you plant any bulbs you want to bloom in spring now and group them in batches of 25 – 30 as this will have a greater impact.
Leave diseased plants out and continue composting, making sure you add any other debris from your garden. If you shred leaves and sticks they will break down quicker. Other good fall and winter gardening tips include changing the summer container.
If you wish to garden in late fall, you can include packing away all of your outside furniture, wrapping it in plastic and placing it in a sheltered area for protection. You could also rake the leaves in your garden and layer them over garden beds as a form of protection against the winter weather. However, make sure you do not cover your grass as the leaves could become moldy which kills the grass.
Weeding is also advised during this time of year so you do not need to do so when spring arrives. Also remove all annuals from your garden, it may be a hard task in the frost but it prevents fungus appearing in spring.
Finally you should complete any shrub and tree trimming you need to do, as it will be one less task to do when spring comes.