The 8 Things You Need To Know For Fall Gardening! Fall is a great time to get out in the garden to protect your investment and prepare for spring. You can plant new varieties, and clean up and maintain your existing garden to ensure healthy growth next season. We're here to help with a fall gardening checklist.
1. Wildflower Aftercare: Mowing And Seeding
To mow or not to mow? This is a question we’re asked daily by wildflower gardeners throughout the country each year. Read on to learn the pros and cons of mowing your meadow or wildflower planting in the fall, and tips for how to care for your meadow.
Once your perennials have died back (you'll know in a glance when they turn brown), cut back any dead growth to give the plants a fresh start for the spring. You can leave some flower varieties standing, such as Echinacea and Black Eyed Susans, to create a food source for birds. Ornamental Grasses can also be left up over the winter to create visual interest and habitat for birds and beneficial insects! Any plants that are left up over winter can be cut back in Spring to make way for new growth.
3. Plant Perennials and Spring-Blooming Bulbs Before Frost
Did you know that in most cases, fall is actually a much better time to plant than spring? And we’re not just talking about fall-planted bulbs either! As nights lengthen and days begin to cool off, the soil is still quite warm, providing a wonderful environment for plants to focus on root growth rather than putting energy into spring foliage and flower. By the time spring warms the soil and the earth gets moving again, plants have had plenty of time to establish strong, healthy roots and are raring to go!
4. Plant Cover Crops To Protect & Enrich Your Soil
Cover crops can perform a wide range of jobs to improve your garden soil. Are you looking to add nitrogen, fight pests, or stabilize erosion-prone soils? Each job calls for a different cover crop. Our guide will help you choose the perfect cover crop to plant this fall.
5. Dig & Store Cold-Sensitive Summer Blooming Bulbs
If you live in a cold area and you grew Dahlias, Gladiolus, and other frost-sensitive bulbs, you can dig these up in the fall, to save them and replant them in spring! The best time to do this is at the end of the season, before your last frost. Store them in a paper bag in a cool, dry place to plant next season.
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.
Fall is also a great time to apply a light fertilizer to plants and bulbs!
8. Force Bulbs For Indoor Blooms In Winter
Just because winter is coming, doesn't mean you can't enjoy fresh flowers year round! Amaryllis and Paperwhitesare well-known for their spectacular indoor blooms. You can also chill Fall-Planted Bulbs plant them indoors for early blooms!