Fall Garden Chores
Doing chores in your garden during the fall is a very important process to a modern day gardener. Not a lot of people are aware of how important it is. Doing certain tasks will benefit your gardens future. These simple chores with help promote growth, keep your garden more organized and will make it a lot easier when spring hits.
A good task to do when working on your garden in the fall is to divide all of your overgrown plants. It is always important to do your research before dividing plants to ensure that it is okay to divide. Examples of some plants that are good to divide are daylilies, blue fescue and ornamental grasses. This cleans up the garden and also saves you money because you are able to put the new plants in other gardens. The best way to do this is to loosen up the soil around the plant with a shovel, getting the whole plant out of the soil with the roots and all. Try to avoid harming the root system when doing this. Once your plant is removed from the garden, you can take two pitch (garden) forks back to back in the center of the plant. Make sure they are as far into the soil and plant as they can be. You then pull them apart by keeping the pitch forks in the soil and keeping one handle in your left hand and the other in your right, then by pulling both handles apart, keeping the fork ends in the plants center. You now have two plants and are able to place them in the gardens.
Another important chore to do in the fall is to cut back your perennials. It is good to do this before winter hits because the foliage begins to die anyway and will look cleaner. This will be able to help promote growth for the spring. When cutting back your perennials, be sure to discard diseased leaves or leaves that seem to have a “rotting” appearance. When discarding the leaves, it ensures that they are not near any other plants. This avoids the potential of diseasing other plants. Cut back the perennials as low as you can with hand shears. Be sure the shears are clean and sharp.
A typical chore to do at the end of the season is to keep up with your raking. Raking the fallen leaves in and around your garden is important to do before the winter comes. The leaves can suffocate your lawn when snow begins to fall. When the leaves don’t exist, it helps the water get through and into the root system. Some people use their leaves as mulch. This can be done by shredding the leaves and placing them evenly throughout your garden.
If you want to have beautiful flowers in the spring, another chore to do is to plant spring flowering bulbs. By doing this, the bulbs will have time to grow and start to come out of the ground and flower in the spring. A few types of these bulbs would be Tulips, Daffodils and crocus. Be sure to find out how deep you need to plant these bulbs. Different types of bulbs, need to be certain depths to come out at the right time.
An option for you to do in the fall is to help protect your young trees and shrubs from the harsh winter. You have the option of wrapping the young trees and shrubs in burlap wrap. You can get these supplies at your local garden centers. Just be sure to take them off as soon as spring hits. You don’t want to keep them on for too long, because they may start to decrease growth.
Written By: Stacey Almas (Ecohouse Summer Green Gardener)