It might still feel like summer out there, but fall and winter will be here before you know it. When it comes to our gardens and flowerbeds, it’s important to think ahead and prepare for the upcoming seasons. So don’t put those gardening tools away just yet! Here are 5 important tasks you should do in your garden to prepare it for the colder months.
Gather Crops and Destroy Debris – Have you planted any veggies in your garden this year? If so, now is the time to gather your tomatoes and squash and dig up your potatoes. If you have fruit trees, be sure to gather any fallen fruit since this will keep wasps to a minimum and limit the spread of disease. Speaking of disease, take steps to prevent it by removing all plant parts from your garden, including leafy materials and pieces of the vegetables. Double-bag those parts and put them out with the garbage. This will help stop spores from reproducing and ruining your plants next year!
Tidy Up – Fall is the perfect time to clean up any foliage from your roses, peonies, and other plants that could have diseased foliage. Bag up those dead and diseased parts and put it out with the garbage as well. If you have spring-blooming plants or late bloomers, we suggest dividing them for next year. These include spring bloomers like irises, dianthus, brunnera, laminum, and primrose and late bloomers like black-eyed Susans, geraniums, hostas, daylilies, coneflowers, and yarrows.
Rake and Break Down Leaves – Your leaves don’t have to go out with the trash! Instead, rake them up, bag them, and let them break down over the winter. If you’d like to use them sooner, shred them with a lawnmower or with a leaf blower set on reverse and rake them into your flower gardens. These leaves will provide rich nutrients for next year’s flowers and plants.
Map Out a Crop Rotation – While you’re enjoying your cup of hot chocolate or hot tea indoors, take the time now to plan out your veggie crop rotation chart. Planting your veggies in different spots can help reduce the risk of disease during the next growing season, so be sure to plan ahead!
Plant Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials – It might seem counterintuitive to plant anything when the weather starts to get colder, but these plants can grow their root system quite well during this time. That’s because the weather is cooler and more cooperative with plentiful rain and soil that isn’t stressed out from extreme summertime conditions. So if you want to see some new shrubs and trees take root and grow in your yard, go ahead and plant them now!
What do you do to prepare your gardens and flowerbeds for the impending cold weather? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!