Fall Gardening Tips

Fall, the clash of the atmospheric titans, Winter and Summer is well underway. In the northern latitudes the we are on a weather rollercoaster. Cold and rainy and then warm and sunny. Winter hasn’t won the battle yet so there is still time to get a few garden chores done. Here are a few things you may want to consider:

Fertilize that lawn

Most of us are tired of cutting the grass and  soon we will be raking the leaves. Even though your lawn may look like it is done growing above the surface the roots are still active.  Do your lawn a favor and give it a head start in the Spring by applying a good phosphorous fertilizer to help those roots grow.


Plant trees and shrubs

If you are planning to add trees or shrubs to your yard this is a great time to get them planted. It is best to get them in the ground a few weeks before the hard frost hits. This way the roots will be somewhat established come Spring.


Container Plants

How are your containers? If they have grown substantially over the Summer it may be a good idea to give them a new home with more room. How can you tell if your plant is crowded? Check for these signs: roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, compacted or dense soil and poor drainage.


Plant bulbs

Want your garden to look like Kuekenhof Gardens? This is the time to get those iris, crocus and tulip bulbs in the ground. Ideally get this done a few weeks before the ground freezes.


Trim Perennials

After your perennials have produced seeds they have run through their life cycle. Trimming them now allows the roots to rest and cleans up your garden. Now your garden will have a fresh start in the Spring.



Many garden centers will have tools, seeds, etc. on clearance. This is a great time of year to take advantage of these deals!










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