Prepare for Spring Flowers! Fall Gardening Tips

Summer has not yet ended, but it is time to start thinking about how you can improve your gardens this fall. You can do many things now to improve the condition and beauty of your lawn and garden while enjoying the end of a beautiful summer season.

Mid-September is the best time to begin planting spring bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. In most areas, it is also the best time to begin planting perennial shrubs.

While thinking about what you want to have growing in the early part of 2012, you should also get rid of some of what is growing now. Tilling a garden for spring planting is much easier in the fall than in the early spring when, in some locations, the ground is still thawing from a cold winter.

If you have decided to rearrange some of your gardens, September is an opportune time to move plants, because they have a better chance of rooting successfully when temperatures are moderate. And, since late fall showers are as beneficial to your plants as spring showers are to those bulbs you are planting, you really can’t go wrong.

If you live in an area where the fall months are relatively dry, install an irrigation system or purchase a lawn sprinkler. For around $20, you should be able to find some excellent choices.

Next, get rid of pesky weeds. The fall months are perfect for weeding. Destroy the roots wherever possible and never water the unwanted plants. When you attack weeds in the fall, they do not have an opportunity to rejuvenate before the arrival of winter, which may help to kill them. Always pick up the weeds and bag them carefully. Otherwise you risk their return if you accidentally spread their seeds.

Consider mulching your lawn with your mower. Instead of raking all the leaves, save your back and use a mulching mower that chews up those leaves and spits them back onto the ground to provide fertilizer and cover for your delicate lawn during the winter.

Finally, if you have a vegetable garden, the end of the harvest season is near. Once you have removed the last of your produce, consider composting the remainder of the plants. Dig a hole in or near your garden, place the plant matter inside, cover the hole with soil, and wait. This will provide much-needed fertilizer in the spring. Do not do this anywhere near an open window in your home, because there may be a strong smell.

Never plant new roses in the fall. Instead, plant them in pots and keep them indoors to protect the delicate bushes from low winter temperatures. The same is true for magnolia and dogwood trees, which fare better when planted early in the year.

It is never too soon to start thinking about the arrival of spring! Preparing your garden for spring planting now will make gardening a pleasure when winter ends. You will be amazed at the how easy spring gardening becomes when you begin prepping the soil months in advance.

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