While the bright flowers of summer disappear, there are many things we can do in the garden as we prepare for the winter that lies ahead, and also for next spring, however far it may seem.
Fall is an exciting time to be in the garden. Temperatures may be lowering and days are shortened, but fall is historically the best time to plant of the year. Dry summer has passed, but temperatures have not yet dropped. This transition phase from summer to winter, gives rise to warm and humid soils, and perfect growth conditions; as the plants “settle” and establish a solid root system before being inactive for winter. In mid-September it is time to plant spring flower bulbs to get the cheerful coloring that everyone loves. We can choose from a fantastic variety, such as daffodils and hyacinths. Be sure to wait until November, until the ground is cool, to plant your tulips, otherwise they are unlikely to flourish!
This is the best time of the year to feed our lawn and prepare it for spring. Paying attention to green things will now mean that they are protected and in good health throughout the winter, and in all their glory in the spring. It is an idea to scarify (scrape your lawn), feed it with a specific fertilizer for the fall. The food can make its way into the fresh soil and reach the roots. Sow any patch that is not as lush as you would like.
It's the pruning time. There are many reasons why we should prune our trees. It helps improve health and appearance, eliminates dead or dying branches and can even promote the growth of fruit tree crops.
Evergreen trees are the central point of a garden. They provide structure and interest throughout the year for us, humans, and provide essential living spaces for insects and birds to build nests. The colder months are hard for our local wildlife, but we can support it! Placing feeders with seed mixtures and they always need water. The bird baths filled with fresh water when other sources are frozen are literally life-saving.
This is the last chance to provide fertilizer to our potted plants before the growth stops for the fall. Low nitrogen fertilizers are used to prevent mild growth that will be vulnerable to disease and frost, and will promote robust growth resistant to frost.