Fall is a great time to get out in the garden and not only plant new varieties, but also clean up and maintain your existing garden to ensure healthy growth next season. We're here to help with a fall gardening maintenance checklist.
- 1. Cut back perennials. Once your perennials have died back (turned brown), cut back any dead growth to give the plants a fresh start for the spring.
- 2. Dig up cold-sensitive bulbs. If you grew Dahlias, Gladiolus and other frost-sensitive bulbs, dig these up in the fall and store them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place to plant next season.
- 3. Protect sensitive plants. If you have cold-sensitive plants in the garden bed, protect them with a layer of mulch or natural cloth. If you have cold-sensitive plants in containers, bring them indoors to enjoy during the winter months.
- 4. Plant perennials before frost. Learn your first frost date.
- 5. Divide perennials that have started to take over. Perennials such as Daylilies and Bearded Iris can be divided in the fall and either moved, or given away to lucky gardening friends! Learn more in our guide.
- 6. Plant spring-blooming bulbs. These low-maintenance beauties provide gorgeous blooms in the early spring, often before your perennials have come up. Learn how to plant bulbs in our guide.
- 7. Force bulbs indoors for winter color. Chill bulbs indoors and plant indoors for early blooms. Learn how in our guide.