Here’s Your Fall Gardening To Do List

Fall Gardening
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I love flowers and plants. I think being surrounded by such beauty brings tranquility and happiness, and I’ve always dreamed of having a vibrant garden displayed around my home. However, that didn’t happen. Once I began reading up on the amount of work involved in maintaining a garden I decided to put it on the back burner, but for those of you who garden with gusto and keep up a beautiful lawn, you want to be sure to keep up with it. Whether you’re a gardening guru or a nature newbie, you’ll find these tips helpful for getting your garden ready for fall and the seasons beyond.

Now that the temperatures are beginning to cool in preparation for fall, it’s time to get started on prepping those gardens. Here are two things to keep in mind when preparing and taking care of your garden: 1) Always think about the season ahead, 2) Gather all your supplies and planting essentials before you begin.

The first thing on your to-do list for early fall: Get beds ready for spring planting. Once you’ve finished that, here’s what’s next…

Your fall gardening to do list

  • Plant all of your spring bulbs, except the tulips.
  • Plant wallflowers in preparation for spring colors.
  • Establish containers and baskets if you’d like winter color.
  • Check houseplants for pests and diseases then bring them indoors.
  • Wrap fragile exotic flowers to protect them from frost.
  • Cover your tender perennials with thick layers of straw or bark chippings.
  • Introduce sweet peas for an early display next year.
  • Bring in dahlia tubers and cannas.
  • Sow or turf your lawn, apply fertilizer.
  • Trim hedges.

You’ll get a little break until it’s time to tackle the yard and garden in late fall. Here’s what’s next:

  • Compost raked leaves.
  • Plant those tulips and tree seeds.
  • Trim shrubs that flower late so that winter winds won’t beat them up.

Here’s a short list of some of the flowers you may want to consider for your fall garden:

  • Turtlehead
  • Blue Mist Shrub
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Perennial Sunflower

In order to have successful fall bloomers make sure you get them started early in the fall.

Maintaining a garden requires quite a bit of planning so you may want to create or invest in a gardening journal to make notes of what needs to be done each season and when you need to do it. You can also annotate what works in your garden and what doesn’t as well as what you liked or don’t like. Most importantly, when you’ve completed all the hard work, you’ll have time to sit back and enjoy the view. I’m going to enjoy the view of someone else’s garden until I have this gardening thing all figured out. Happy fall gardening.