Prepare your garden for early spring planting with these late fall gardening tasks.
While the weather is still gardener-friendly, it’s best to grab this opportunity to prepare your garden for early spring planting, such as planting your spring bulbs, maintaining and protecting your trees and shrubs from the cold temperature, making your own compost from fallen autumn leaves, controlling any common garden pests, and caring for your autumn lawn. There are plenty of things you should check off your to-do list before you can finally curl up by the fireplace with a good book.
Today, we’re helping you plan and prepare your garden for the next growing season. Here are the late fall gardening tasks you should complete before winter arrives and the ground freezes from the temperature.
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Late Fall Gardening Tasks
Compost: One of the late fall gardening tasks that need to be completed is to build and make your own compost with fallen autumn leaves, twigs, weeds, and other dead plant materials in the garden. Except for dead plants or diseased plants. Any infested plant should be disposed of properly in the trash to prevent the disease from spreading to the other plants.
Garden Clean-Up: We find the fall season to be the best time to clean the garden because of the cool weather. Now is the time to pull up all annuals that have died back and to sweep fallen leaves and use them as mulch.
Grow Cover Crops: Cover your grow crops like crimson cover and ryegrass to help suppress weeds and prevent erosion. Further, cover crops attract beneficial insects into your garden, which helps control any unwanted pests.
Water and Fertilize: Before the first freeze arrives, make sure to feed and water your plants and perennials.
Preserve Tender Bulbs and Roots: November is an ideal time to dig up and divide perennials and replant them while the soil is still warm.
Save Seeds: Keep the seeds of all the flowers and vegetables you want to grow in your garden for spring. Avoid exposing them to moisture. It’s best to keep them in a dry, air-tight container, and store them in a dark cool place.
Soil Enrichment: Improve your garden’s soil by covering it with a layer of compost and turning the earth over. This method will add nutrients back into your garden’s soil and improve the soil structure.
Winter Protection: Apply a layer of straw over your vulnerable perennials. This will protect them from the cold temperature. Mulching with wood chips is also a great idea as winter protection for your garden plants.
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