Fall is finally here! Days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping and leaves are transforming into arrays of beautiful colors. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the Lord’s creation and take advantage of the incredible weather! Here are a few helpful tips while getting back into the gardens.
Freshen up the gardens
Lightly prune, dead head, weed and clean out areas that have become overgrown and unattended during the hot summer months.
Fill Areas & Change out Seasonal Color
Fall and Winter annuals are now available, so it is time to place orders and replenish the weary summer beds. There area number of ornamental Kales and Cabbages, Pansies, Violas and Winter Vegetables, just to name a few, ready to be planted. This is also a good time of the year to dig and transplant trees and shrubs that have outgrown their location or are better suited elsewhere in the gardens. Remember to water well before digging and add good soils, compost and organic matter when transplanting.
Feed and Winterize Beds & Turf Area
Have you been wanting to relocate a plant or shrub? This is a great time to make the move. While plants are dormant they go through less shock and are better able to stabilize themselves before spring growth. Want some winter color in your garden? Try pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage and kale.
Finish off the Gardens with Mulch and Debris Removal
Gardens are best suited with fresh mulch or straw this time of year. Not only does this give a clean appearance in the gardens, but it also helps retain moisture and protects root mass from harsh winter conditions. A good covering of mulch also reduces erosion and blocks out certain weeds. Finally, remove debris and clippings from the garden. Composting is a great way to recycle this material and can be used in other seasons for fertilizing and mulching!
Have a great fall and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation!
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