Fall is upon us, and while we prepare to enjoy this beautiful season of falling leaves, Halloween, and pumpkin spice, gardeners are acutely aware of the loom of winter over the horizon. This is the perfect time of year to get out in your garden and prepare it before the first frost so that your plants will be healthier and happier when spring arrives. Surviving winter is no easy feat, but fall preparation will give your garden a major boost.
Fall is a good time to go over how your garden performed during the summer. Which plants did well, which did not, what your soil parameters were, and what the weather was like—all of these are important factors and should be written down somewhere for your review. Consider looking for better variations of plants that struggled and adding plants that are active during times of the year when your garden has become mostly dormant.
Get Rid of Weeds
Now is a good time to pull up weeds and invasive plants so that they can’t continue to propagate and harm your garden. Make sure to remove them completely so they cannot grow back next spring. These renegade plants are excellent fodder for composting, but they can also be trashed or smothered under tarps or garden cloth.
While many garden plants will benefit from fall pruning, not all of them will. Make sure to carefully research any plants you’re not sure about before you cut them. For example, blackberries benefit from fall pruning, while raspberries and blueberries are better off being left alone until spring.
If there were areas of your garden during the growing season that were either too crowded or too empty, then now is a good time to dig up bulbs from a crowded space and replant them in the empty space. If this won’t really fit your overall design and aesthetic or will look too random, then you can carefully redesign your garden by pulling up many bulbs and carefully sorting everything around to try out something different for the next growing season.
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