The joys of summer make it a pleasure to be out in the garden, tending to our lot; and then later, in the evening, we get to sit under a setting sun and admire the beauty of the natural world. But spring and summer account for only half of the year, and with fall just around the corner, it’s now time to start thinking about preparing our gardens for the impending cold weather. Below, we take a look at six tips for ensuring your garden stays healthy until you can get back out there properly come mid-March.
Depending on where you live, your garden beds might be subjected to heavy rain, winds, frost, and several feet of snow. It’s a big ask to expect the elements to do no damage, especially if your garden beds are completely exposed. Take steps to ensure that the beds are kept healthy and protected throughout fall and winter by adding straw on top (think of this as it’s bed cover), and by adding a bit of compost to ensure it’s nourished.
Cutting Back Trees and Hedges
There are two primary benefits for cutting back any dangerous looking trees and thick hedges. With the trees, it’ll stop those gusty fall winds from causing any damage to your home, while the bushes will come back with more gusto if they’re trimmed before their dormant period.
In the Shed
Don’t forget about your tools, either. You should house them in a shed that won’t be compromised by the elements; using a steel building like a shed will ensure that pesky creatures like insects and rodents are kept away from your gardening supplies. Before fall, also take the time to disinfect your tools and throw away any old liquid containers, as very often they’ll go bad before spring comes around.
Planting New Gardens
Just because fall is on its way doesn’t mean you can’t also get things in the ground. You’ll have still a good few months of growth if you plant things like spinach, shallots, and radishes. You’ll also be able to get in some plants, such as tulips and daffodils, so long as you do so well in advance of any cold snaps. If you’re planting them in September or October, you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Spare a thought for those birds, too. With the climate getting ever more predictable (and severe), many birds find the fall and winter challenging. You’ll also be doing your garden a favor because if you have birds around you’ll be able to keep away those insects that run amok in the chillier months when you’re not looking.
Feed the Grass
Your grass won’t be looking all that healthy once the weather really gets cold, but you can limit the damage by feeding it while the weather is still in its transitional phase. If it’s still hot where you live in September, wait until October, as it’s better when the weather is wetter.
Take these steps now, and you’ll reap the benefits come spring.