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Fall is approaching fast!
We here have been able to notice just on the fact that our rabbit is already starting to shed his coat, which he only does before and after Winter/Fall.
To us that is a trigger that Fall is going to hit a lot sooner than it did last year, and possibly have a long winter in store for us.
For most people the majority of your Spring/Summer garden is starting to ripen and you are picking all of the fruits and vegetables you grew.
There are things that should be done to your garden once your harvesting is done.
In doing these things you can start your Spring gardening off right!
The question is what should you be doing in the Fall to prep your garden for Spring?
Fall Clean Up List
There are many different things you can do in prepping your garden and lawn for Spring.
Unless you are in a warmer area where you don’t really have a stop in the growing season, you will need to clean up for the Winter season.
Lawn Clean Up and Prep
Depending on the type of grass you have you will still have time to over-seed your lawn.
One of the best times to prep your grass to be beautiful in the Spring is in the fall.
Your lawn basically hibernates over the winter and will start fully growing again once Spring hits.
Nutrients to also add to your lawn will depend on where you live and the type of grass.
If you have plans to add new shrubs or trees to your landscaping, Fall is great for it!
The soil is still warm enough for them to grow and get adjusted.
With the cooler temperatures it also is easier for you to work outside to plant them.
Shrubs and trees can be growing their root systems before Winter and be well established before Spring even hits.
Up until Winter hits you will want to make sure they stay hydrated.
Vegetable Garden Clean Up For Fall
Did you know that diseases and pests can hide in the dead debris of your garden?
Pests and diseases are extremely bad for your garden, especially if they can over winter in it.
Fall is the best time to clean up your garden after the harvest season.
Once your vegetables are harvested it is time to dig up the remainder of the plant.
If the plant is not diseased you can easily throw it into your compost bin.
Say if the plant is diseased you should remove it from the property completely by means of the trash can, etc..
With it being the end of July you still have time to put in your Fall garden.
There are plenty of delicious Fall crops you can plant and get more out of the growing season.
To learn more about what types of vegetables you can start late July you can find out here.
Now if you already have planted some cool temperature crops for a Fall garden you won’t need to clean up just yet.
The remaining crops can actually help keep some heat in the soil.
After those crops are harvested then you can finish digging up the remainder of the garden.
TIP: As you rake up Fall leaves you can put them on top of your garden area. It will make a fantastic compost and add nutrients to the soil for the next years growing season!
You can leave the leaves whole or chop them up with your lawnmower.
Flower Garden Fall Prep
Yes, flower gardens should be prepped for the Fall/Winter.
If you want to have a successful flower garden next year with your Perennials you should prep them in the Fall.
Of course, wait until they are done blooming for the season.
Depending on where you live you can actually plant your Spring bulbs in the late Fall.
Bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips, Irises, and Hyacinth’s can be put in the ground late Fall, especially in the Southern states.
This will give them plenty of time to bed and they will start germinating and growing once the soil starts to warm up.
If you do not plan to keep bulbs in the ground for the Winter, they need to be dug up and stored in a dry place.
After you allow the bulbs to dry you can store them in a paper bag and leave them in a cool dry place for Winter.
The best time to divide your Perennials is in the Fall.
Perennials can get very big and expand each growing season. To prevent this you will want to divide them each year.
Dividing them can help you be able to spread them out throughout your flower garden and use more open space.
Better Homes and Gardens has a great article on how to divide your Perennials.
Knowing How to Prep for Fall is Very Important
Successfully prepping your garden and lawns each year in the Fall helps for the next Spring.
In doing this every year you can help guarantee that you will have a great growing season each year.
Everyone wants a beautiful lawn and a great garden.
Prepping each year helps with this notion and now you know how it can be done.
Next year you will have an even better gardening season since you prepped for it!
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