10 Should Do’s and Shouldn’t Do’s in Fall Gardening

10 Should Do’s and Shouldn’t Do’s in Fall Gardening

Article by Amy C.

The breeze is getting colder. Fall is at hand. Many of us just stock and clean our gardening materials for the next spring. But do you know it is still good for gardeners to make their green thumb work on garden planters for this autumn season? All you need to do is follow these do’s and don’ts if you are planning to have a fall garden.

The Should-Do’s

You should clean your garden. Free it from fallen leaves if you have no plans of seeing them next spring. Pull those unscrupulous weeds you see in your fall garden with other plants that have been diseased and have been infected and damaged by insects. Remove those unsightly rotten fruits and vegetables.

You should water your garden. Water your garden grass and fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing your grass at the end of October can help your grass to have the strength to stand the icy months that will come. Water your trees because even these sturdy woody plants needs enough strength to combat winter season. Continue to water your garden until the ground will start to freeze up.

You should rake your lawn. By doing so, you promote healthy and developed circulation of air and to avoid your grass to die. To add up, the leaves can be excellent mulch in the entire garden.

You should plant garlic and other bulbs during fall. You can harvest garlic by next July if you plant this in autumn. The bulbs you plant can be a nice view the moment it blooms. You can appreciate planting crocuses when flowers starts to develop. For your plants that would not survive the cold season, you should bring them in.

You should prepare your gardening materials for the next spring. Wash every gardening tool such as shovels and make repairs to tools that need it. Prevent rust from your tools by putting oil and sharpen the cutting edges. Clean metal surfaces of your materials by a wire brush. Also clean and prepare your pots and keep them for the next spring.

The Shouldn’t-Dos

You should not be discouraged to garden during fall. There are many gardeners that have found fall as very beneficial especially when planting vegetables. Fall flowers are also present to provide your garden with glamour of autumn bliss. Take a risk. Throw tough annual seeds where you think you want them to grow by next year. Cosmos, poppies, and larkspurs often grow when planted in fall and conditioned by blanket of snow.

You should not remove dead plants if you want to have vegetations to remain over the winter. Dead plants will decompose during the winter season and will become compost for your garden. Simply turn the soil around in the spring and the dead plant will become a part of the soil.

You should not think of mulching all your garden plants. Mulching will provide an even temperature and help preserve moisture in the soil but this is much applicable to plants that are sensitive and delicate. Also, wait for the soil to freeze before you mulch the plants that have been planted during fall. This will keep your plant’s root balls safe from the frost.

You should not rake your lawn if you only have a thin level of leaves which you can mow into smaller pieces.

You should not put fertilizer to your grass that has been affected by drought. You can just simply water you grass and just miss out fertilizing them.

Fall gardening has disadvantages for some but if you use its benefits the most, you will have a fall garden like no other. Enjoy your fall garden with luscious vegetables, fall flowers, solar fountain, and other gardening ornaments. Just remember the should-do’s and shouldn’t-do’s if you want the best for your garden.

About the Author

Amy C loves to write about gardening and landscaping. She works closely with Landscaping Phoenix providers to know and learn about the current trends and techniques in landscaping and gardening. To learn about landscaping Ideas, please visit Amy’s Landscaping Scottsdale blog.

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