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While summer seems to be hanging on for dear life in our area, fall is well on its way. The beginning of September means that the long, lazy days of summer will soon be coming to an end and the cool, crisp days of harvest are among us. This means, we need to get our gardens ready for fall so that they may flourish in the spring. Here are my top 6 fall gardening tips.
6 Fall Gardening Tips
Pull Your Plants
It’s sad, I know, but as frost approaches, it’s time to let it go. You can pull your plants and if you have anything still ripening on your vines, you can turn them upside down and put them in a cool dark place to finish up their jobs. You can also put them in a brown paper sack and leave them on the counter if you want to mulch up your plants for compost. Make sure to remove all debris.
Rake It Up
Make sure you rake up everything in your garden to get every last bit you can find and only leave behind well-worked soil. This well help with weeds and pests come spring time.
Mulch It Up
Cover your garden with leaves you raked and then mulched with your lawn mower from the yard, mulch, pine shavings… anything to cover the ground up and keep replenish nutrients in the soil. You can add a layer of compost beneath if you want, because it’s also time to empty those bins and start over again.
Plant Some Trees
Fall is the best time to plant trees. Be it fruit or just a beautiful shade tree. It gives them a healthy start. You do need to make sure you secure the trunk so that those wicked winter winds don’t knock it down. But, if you’re looking to add some trees to your property, now is certainly the time.
Plant Some Bulbs
You stick bulbs in the ground in the fall so that the first signs of spring begin popping up all over your yard (my favorite). From tulips and daffodils to crocus and hyacinth now is the time to grab up the bulbs and put them in the ground. They do need to be put in at least 6 weeks before the first hard frost in order to work their magic come spring… so hop to it.
Plant a Fall Garden
There are plenty of plants that do well in the fall! In fact, some plants do best in the fall. You don’t have to worry about the heat killing them off or making them bolt and pests knock down to a minimum. For some ideas on veggies to plant in your fall garden check out this post.
These tips are sure to get your garden ready for fall so you can have a bountiful harvest next spring.