If you feel the first bite of cold in the wind and dried leaves are piling up in your garden, then it is time to prepare your garden for the late fall. It is essential that while the weather seems to be in favor of your garden, you must do some preparations in order for your garden to survive the first day of winter.
This is the perfect time to plant your spring bulbs, buy trees and shrubs, build a compost pit and more. These are all important for the survival of your plants in the coming of the cold season.
For late autumn, plant your spring bulbs before the ground freezes so that the roots have time to grow. They can be transplanted and divided. Bulbs which are planted late can still grow roots when springs come but will bloom late.
Make sure to put your bulbs at the right depth. The soil’s depth should be two and a half times the diameter of the bulb. For sandy soil, the depth should be 1 to 2 times to increase the survival and prevent rodents.
Trees and Shrubs
Late autumn is the perfect time to look for your shrubs and trees at a green house or nursery. They come in bright colors that you will love to have in your garden. Plant them before winter so the roots will develop during the cold season and by early spring, you will have beautiful shrubs in your garden.
You must also select your trees very carefully because they bring beauty to your landscape. Make sure to place them in your garden that will greatly enhance your property. Trees do not only increase your property value but also make you save on energy costs.
Two Basic Types of Trees
- Deciduous trees – These are large shade trees that can be your best protection during summer and offers you bright colors during autumn. In cold season, it allows the sunlight to pass through in order to warm up the house.
- Evergreen trees – They have dense leaves that are suitable for privacy. They can also be used as backdrops for flowering shrubs and trees. The leaves don’t fall off so you can enjoy an all-year color and shelter.
Be sure to purchase trees that are resistant to diseases and pests. Also put varying trees in strategic spots to improve your landscape.
When purchasing a tree, you should look at the leaves and roots. Roots should be well-developed and are strong enough. Also keep in mind that trees that have symptoms of wilting, scarring at the back or discoloration means that they have acquired diseases. Consider the young plants for they have a higher success rate of surviving in your garden.
Autumn Garden Care
In late autumn, it is essential that you aerate your lawn and if needed,sprinkle it with fertilizer. The fertilizer will help the roots grow before spring.
Make sure to rake the dried leaves and grass clippings and make compost. When you ignore them, they get slippery and wet during the winter which could invite pests.
Water your Plants
Watering you plants is essential before winter comes. Moisture is needed by your plants to survive the colder months. It is your judgment how much water your plants need, the important thing is provide moisture and not a wet soil for your plants.
Your plants will show signs like wilting or brown leaves which means they need water. Make sure to water your plants slowly, to avoid damaging the soil.
Your compost pile should be placed in your bin and you must press it down in order for it to heat up and eventually rot. A gardener should have three sets of compost pile.
One should already be finished, one should still be in the rotting process and one should start rotting soon. You also have to choose the most appropriate materials in order to have proper and odorless rotting compost.
Following these steps will allow you to prepare your garden prepare for the cold winter months and to ensure that you have a beautiful set of plants when spring comes. As a gardener, it is your responsibility to take care of your garden when season changes so make sure to follow these tips for you to have a colorful, healthy and blooming garden all-year round.