Your Fall Gardening Checklist
Getting your garden off to a good start is essential. It will be extremely difficult to have a productive garden without the right planting techniques, bed design and supplies. That is why experienced gardeners spend so much time getting ready for the season and thinking about what kinds of plants they will be raising in their new gardens.
The flip side of the coin is just as important. Gardeners need to take just as much care when prime gardening season is over. As the warm days of summer give way to the cooler days of fall, it is time to put the garden to bed and get ready for the harsher weather to come.
This checklist will help you put your garden to bed and avoid problems when the next gardening season rolls around.
. Check under your fruit trees and clean up any dropped or rotten fruit.
. Mulch your flower beds and landscaping thoroughly to maintain soil quality through the winter.
. Protect your perennial beds by mulching again after a hard freeze
. Set up deer netting around plantings of tender ornamentals and berry bushes. Autumn brings out herds of hungry deer that could wreck your garden.
. Cut back your perennials before winter. Overgrown perennials can provide shelter for slugs, snails and other garden pests.
. Remove spent annuals before the seeds drop
. Think about how you will rotate your garden crops in the coming year. Proper crop rotation can prevent pathogens from gaining a foothold and make your entire garden plot healthier.
. Leave ornamental grasses and dried flowers in place. They provide food for winter birds and can spruce up your cold weather landscape.
. Add leaves and grass clippings to your compost bin to create rich soil for planting next year. If you do not have a compost bin, now is the perfect time to build one.
. Plant your spring bulbs now for a dash of color come spring.
Many people think of gardening as a spring and summer hobby, but the work does not end when the weather starts to cool. There is still plenty of gardening to do in the fall, and making the right moves now can get your garden off to an even better start next season.