There are many gardening activities that should be done during the fall to ensure your plants stay healthy over the coming winter. Use the following list as a reference for what needs to be done!
- Prune deciduous trees and shrubs, but not those that flower in spring.
- Mulch garden beds with clay-buster and compost.
- Pot up any herbs that are planted in the ground, to continue growing them in a sunny spot indoors once the temperatures cool.
- Fall is a great season for planting! Plants are typically on sale in our outdoor sales yard and the ground is nice and warm- plants love it!
- Divide overgrown perennials, including daylilies and iris.
- Apply tree-wrap.
- Water trees and shrubs deeply, right up to ground freeze, to help them through the winter and early spring.
- Plant hardy, spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.
- Rake and shred leaves.
- Turn off water taps and store hoses and sprinklers.
- Clean, sharpen, and store tools.
- Put rose collars around roses. Fill the collars with mulch and/or built up soil to provide extra winter protection to the roots.
- Apply fall lawn fertilizer.
- Wrap newly-planted trees with inexpensive plastic tree-wraps to prevent rabbits from harming the bark over winter.
- Stake and burlap-wrap evergreens such as cedar to prevent winter-burn and deer damage.
- Remove all plants from container gardens. Remove the top 6-8″ of soil to leave room to insert potted fall mums.
- Decorate the front door with pumpkins, fall mums, corn stalks, and natural wreaths.
Click here for a printable version of our Fall Gardening Checklist