Fall is already here all over the backyard garden. Not that autumn is devoid of charm, but it does suggest that some wonderful summer and spring growers have died down. Not every bit is sacrificed, though, as there are lovely plants we can easily grow that will please us right up to the early part of winter.
Falling leaves and flowers losing their color trigger thoughts of necessary activities. Fall has been proclaimed, and the chilly season that follows requires gardens to be prepared. Anywhere from now and spring extreme conditions will set in, which often can damage or destroy the things living in your fall garden if they are not protected. There a number of activities which should be done to prepare the garden.
The initial clues of fall are noticeable in our neighborhood. Fall always has its appeal but many things that were cultivated during the spring and the summer are lost. However, we have the ability to grow some plants that are going to last until the early days of winter.
When leaves start to come down and flowers begin to diminish it’s a sign to start doing things. Wintertime with its cold swiftly follows fall now sneaking in, and gardens must be prepared appropriately. All that is now growing in your garden must have help to see them through till the springtime warmth arrives. Here are several practical tips that would help you to prepare the garden for the fall.
The weather in early fall is still warm enough to make outdoor gardening a comfortable experience. Although the vibrant flowers of summer may be gone, there are plenty of delights to be enjoyed in the form of late-flowering gems such as nerines and chrysanthemums, not to mention the bright berries and showy grass.
Apart from planting bulbs, and protecting frost-tender plants, there are few really pressing jobs at this time of year. You should, however, move any evergreen shrubs that need repositioning. Also dig up and divide any overgrown and congested perennials. Make sure that you have enough clean pots when it comes potting up the tender plants which cannot be left outside in the frost and the wet. Pay close attention to the lawn. Go over it with a fork, stabbing it with the prongs to aerate it.
A lot of work goes into keeping a summer garden looking fabulous all summer long and most people fail to consider this fact. If you really want your summer garden to flourish then you need to perform a few tasks to maintain it’s beauty.
Mini gardening goals should be mapped out and you should make all attempts to achieve and follow them as closely as environmental changes permit. Remember to take into consideration natural setbacks such as lack of rain or excessive temperatures and make the proper adjustments By having a list of things to do written down in a place where it can be seen it will weigh more heavily and be much more likely to be accomplished than if it were out of sight and out of mind.
Late summer is when your garden is showing up signs of wear and becoming a little tattered at the edges, changing character of the once bright garden planted in spring. You will notice the leaves have matured to a dark green and is almost brittle. Your garden is now entering into the reproductory phase of producing seeds. Insects abound and the ground is drying up. All this calls for more than a bit of attention.
You will also find most of the plants have overgrown and lacking in colorful blooms and brown spots may have appeared in the lawn. You can stimulate new growth in the perennials by cutting them back in about half and many varieties will come out with another fresh flush of fall flowers. This will neaten up your garden’s appearance. While you are at it trim off any brown and dead foliage especially from spring bulbs.
Midsummer is a time for enjoying the results of your earlier efforts. There are always jobs to be done, of course, but you should also make time to relax. As most things are sown or planted, the emphasis is on weeding, watering and feeding. In dry summers water shortages can be a problem, but when you do water, do it thoroughly, as shallow watering will encourage surface rooting and make the plants even more vulnerable to drought.
Midsummer is great time for assessing what looks good in the garden, and what could look even better. Take photos and make notes, and start planning right now for next year’s display.