Gardening 101: Get Your Yard Ready for Fall
As summer starts winding down, it is easy to stop worrying about tending to your garden and just start bracing yourself for the coming falling leaves. However if you put in the extra time now, your yard will look better than ever next spring! These 8 quick tips will have your yard looking great, no matter the season!
1. Swap Out Your Annuals
2. Add Mulch
3. Aerate Your Lawn
4. Continue Watering
5. Fertilize your Grass
6. Don't Forget the Potted Plants!
7. Ready Your Tools for Next Year
8. Plan Your Spring Blooms
Say goodbye to petunias and daisies, and hello to mums and dahlias! Refresh your flower garden by removing old bulbs and replacing them with varieties that will last until the first frost! Just make sure you remove all of your annual bulbs before winter.
Protect your plants' roots and keep away weeds in the spring with a fresh layer of bark mulch.
Aerating your lawn allows air, water, and nutrients to better permeate the soil. In return, it will be healthier and greener come spring.
Many people stop watering their grass in the fall, as they assume that it will turn brown anyway. However, watering it more now will help combat the dry air that fall brings and help the grass absorb more nutrients.
Applying fertilizer to your lawn in early fall will allow more time for it to absorb into the soil before the snow hits. Combining this step with aeration and a little extra watering will ensure your grass in green and lush in the spring.
Remember to bring the potted plants you can inside, and cover the ones you can't on chilly nights to protect from frost.
Fall is the perfect time to organize your gardening tools! After you are done raking for the season, wash and sanitize rakes and pruning shears to prevent the spread of disease to new plants. Drain and organize your garden hoses, and store your lawnmower to complete your fall cleaning checklist.
Now is the perfect time to start dreaming about what you will plant next spring! Get creative, you now have the perfect canvas for whatever you can imagine.