Fall gardening tips
I came across this interesting article, well worth a quick read.
With the cooler weather in the last week it has reminded us that fall is just around the corner. Although this has traditionally been a time to prepare the garden for the cooler months ahead, it is also a great time to plant as we have more comfortable temperatures and more rainfall: perfect conditions for plants to get established. As well as planting trees and shrubs, many perennials will benefit from being planted in the early fall giving them time to root in and giving them a jump start the following spring. Another traditional fall task is planting bulbs. Planting bulbs such as daffodils and tulips before the ground freezes ensures you will get an array of colour come spring. A great idea for fall inspiration is a trip to your local garden centre. The assortment of fall mums, fall planters and other decorative seasonal items will certainly get you in the mood to plant!As well as planting, fall is the time to remove any finished annuals or diseased plants. It is a time to cut back soft-foliage perennials such as bleeding hearts and place in your compost. Trees and shrubs also need to be prepared for winter. Like the perennials, prune any diseased or damaged stems and weak branches that could snap under heavy snow. Winter-wrap pyramidal evergreens with twine to ensure their shape come spring.If you were lucky enough to plant a vegetable garden this is the time of the year to harvest root crops, including carrots, onions and beets. Be sure to clean up and dispose of dead, decaying or diseased vegetable crops. It is also a good time to improve the soil quality by mixing in manure or other organic matter. The lawn is sometimes the largest footprint in our yard, and that too needs attention come fall. Be sure to rake and remove fallen leaves. These can either be composted or added to your garden bed as mulch and organic matter. Aerate with a garden fork or rented aerator to improve the flow of moisture and nutrients. Top dress with a light layer of good-quality topsoil and reseed with grass seed suited for your light requirements. Give your lawn a final cut before the risk of snow, to a height of 2 to 2-1/2 inches.Once this is all done, it is now time to grab a “seasonal” beer and enjoy your hard work!Happy Gardening!