Maximum Living Autumn Gardening Tips
Fall is known as the season of harvest. But in your garden, there’s more to do than just collecting the fruits of your hard labor. Grooming your garden as summer comes to an end, harvesting your fall plants, and getting ready for the coming winter are all key components to keeping a healthy garden year-round.
This is the time of year I like to go out into the garden and take pictures, so I have a documented memory of what worked in the garden and what didn’t. Having pictures is a great way to keep your garden evolving into the best that it can be.
Here are a few key elements to be aware of in your garden this month:
Pick your herbs for drying; They are at their peak in beauty and taste. Use throughout the fall and winter months in food and crafts
Clean up any fruit that has fallen in your garden
Dying foliage needs to be removed and put into the trash/compost or burned. Do not use it for mulch, as it can be diseased and you don’t want to reintroduce that into your garden soil
Stop fertilizing and trimming your plants, as you don’t want to promote growth for the fall and winter
Perennials are getting ready to take a nap for the winter so it’s OK to cut them back once they have finished blooming. Now is also a good time to divide, move and replant them
Spring flower bulbs should also be planted this time of year for an optimal spring show
Clean up garden debris, weed and continue to water lawn and garden to set the stage for a new season of changing colors in foliage and leaves that only comes this time of year.
Plant seeds for onions, peas, garlic, lettuce and other greens. Now is also the time to plant cool season annuals, such as pansy’s, calendula and mums
Remember, this is the month your garden transitions into fall, a time where a new kind of beauty is in bloom.
Fall is a season of transition, and as the leaves turn and fall, it is a good reminder to make your own preparations for winter and the coming spring.
October is the perfect month to start or fortify your compost. Make sure to use all of your raked-up leaves, plant trimmings, clippings and any dropped fruit from trees or finished plants out of your garden. Come spring you can then use the fresh compost to amend your soil for a stellar growing season. Your garden really is the circle of life.
This is a great month to plant trees as they will be naturally watered by the fall and winter rains bringing a spring season of new growth for you to enjoy.
Make sure to aerate, thatch and replant any dead patches in your lawn after the last mowing of the season. This will help to make sure your lawn does not get waterlogged during the rainy season and will give you a head start for a healthy lawn come spring.
As autumn winds down and signs of winter begin to approach, it is a good time to keep these following things in mind:
Make sure all of your bird feeders are cleaned out and refreshed, especially hummingbird feeders. The birds come to depend on their feeding stations especially over the fall and winter months when food isn’t as easy to find. And you will be rewarded with beautiful birds and music throughout the season.
This is a great time to lightly prune your roses bushes. Take off all dead canes and eliminate all canes that are smaller than the circumference of a pencil. Always try to keep your rose plant pruned and open in the middle so air can freely circulate. A little light mulching and a top cover of bark is also good this time of year to keep the weeds to a minimum for spring.
Clean your gutters from all leaves and debris, trim any bushes or trees away from the house to help keep rodents away during the fall and winter months.