Fall is just a few weeks away. Now is the time to begin getting your garden ready for the changes that are about to take place.
- Give your garden a healthy layer of compost or manure. There shouldn’t be any exposed soil on the surface, and this layer of insulation will act as a blanket through the winter. There’s no need to till it as the earthworms will be happy to do the heavy lifting for you.
- Collect dried seeds from your garden. You can save these to sow in the spring or plant them in other areas of your garden if you know where you want them to grow. Further, collecting these now will also reduce the number of volunteers you’ll have to handle in the spring.
- Clean out your bird feeders and birdhouses. The birds are getting ready to head south for their vacations, and show them you appreciate all they’ve done for you this summer by cleaning up after them. The cleaner you get these, the more likely they’ll return to your garden in the spring.
- Don’t forget to water. Your trees and shrubs will continue to be thirsty until the ground begins to freeze. They’re not dormant yet, and with our dry and mild climate, they will need the moisture to stay healthy throughout the winter ahead. This is especially true if you’ve just planted your trees and shrubs this season and they’re still getting acclimated to your landscape and our climate.
Contact our experts for more fall gardening tips. We will be happy to help you get your garden ready for the cooler temperatures that are right around the corner.