Up until recently, summer weather has been going strong. It has been hard to focus on autumn when summer temps are still hanging around. Now that the air has chilled, it’s time to focus on the fall; decorations, your garden, the holidays, and more. Although the holidays will come with or without the chilly weather, your garden depends on the sun, rain, and temperatures that come with the season. Let’s talk about how to prepare your garden this fall.
Your plants have been thriving on the summer heat; the warmth absorbs into the plants with ease. However, when the air is cooler, it takes a little more time for your flowers to stay warm. To keep them cozy throughout the fall, add more compost or mulch to the garden bed. This ensures more insulation for the colder months and promises a better start to your garden next spring.
Throughout the summer, your garden may have become a hot spot for weeds or even litter. Take the time now (especially since the blazing heat has subsided) to clean up your garden bed. Pull the weeds and/or apply a weed killer that won’t harm existing plants. This can also be the time that you assess how well your plants are doing. Are some flowers not blooming or do certain buds need a bigger growing space? Do you need to prune? Deal with these issues at this time to prepare for the next growing season.
Now that your garden bed is clean and warm, you can put it out of your mind until next spring. Make sure it’s sustained in the fall and winter months by keeping up with these few tasks and you’ll have a beautiful and maintained garden come April.