Fall landscaping can be tricky. There are three guiding principles for fall landscaping. Planning ahead for spring; prepping the soil/plants: and cleanup/storage.
Many people focus on cleanup and storage for the winter too early in the season. And then by the time they’ve done all the hard and boring work, it’s too late too late to plan for the spring or even plant a fall garden. Don’t make this mistake. Start with your plans for your spring garden.
Checklist for Spring Planting Begins in the Fall…
Plant shrubs. Early fall is the best time for many types of shrubs.
Plant bulbs. Depending on your climate, will depend on what bulbs will do best for you.
List of Flower Bulbs: Tulips, lilies, crocuses, daffodils, gladiolus are all beautiful flowering bulbs that can be planted in the Fall and will be looking glorious by the Spring.
Tips for planting bulbs: Always plant pointy tip, up. Make sure you buy quality bulbs. Poor quality bulbs will be poor quality flowers. Check planting guides for your local climate.
Consider planting a fall garden.
Fall gardens can produce quality vegetables. If you live in a mild climate, it’s not too late! While the typical fall garden is usually planted at the end of the summer, in hotter climates, it makes more sense to wait until September.
Fall vegetables, great for the garden: arugula, bush beans, greens, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, collards, lettuce, kale, peas, scallions and radishes all make great fall plants.
Prepping Your Soil and Long-term Plants for Winter
Fall checklist to keep your lawn healthy for the winter:
- Aerate your lawn.
- Do a final mow.
- Collect leaves and compost them.
- Trim dead limbs. These dead tree limbs can cause damage to your trees and home. Trimming them before snow and heavy weather hit hard will keep your trees happy through the winter.
- Trim down your perennials. Cutting your perennials down to the roots will give them extra energy to get through the winter, resulting in healthier beds for the Spring. This is also a good time to go ahead and pull out your tired annuals. Divide up your tuberous plants as well, leaving them space to grow in the Spring.
- Mulch before the ground freezes. Give your young trees and new plants a layer of 2-4 inch thick mulch to keep them warm and healthy through the winter.
Cleanup and Storage After the Fall Season
Once you’ve gotten all your spring planting and fall gardening out of the way, it’s finally time to prep for those gray, wintry days.
Start by organizing your shed. Move up front any items that you’ll need over the fall and winter. Snow shovels, holiday decorations and other winter items will need to be accessible.
Spring gardening items can be packed away and stored for the winter. Don’t forget to insulate your shed and spread out a few rodent traps. These pesky critters like to find warm little holes to burrow into for the winter. You don’t want to come back in spring to find a mess.
Landscaping and Cleaning up for the Winter
As you can see, fall landscaping is more about prep work and keeping your lawn healthy for the winter months. It can be really fun though, to plan out what you’ll see next spring. So, get to planting those bulbs and shrubs!
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