How to Maintain the Garden in the Fall

Having a beautiful, welcoming and relaxing garden is a dream come true. On the other hand, the process of maintaining it can be quite difficult. This is actually a matter of cleaning and covering up. Learn how you can do that in a few easy steps.

Covering the trees

A long winter can be hard on tender trees and shrubs. In order to minimize the damage caused by snow and frost, you can wrap your trees and shrubs in burlap and secure them with twine. Protect their tender bark from gnawing critters by wrapping stems or trunks with wire or commercial tree-guard products. In case you have perennials in your garden as well, then you can protect them by building windbreaks. Be very careful not to cut them too early. Allow them to become dormant first, responding to the shorter days and low temperatures by naturally slowing their growth. Wait until October or November and then you can start pruning the top of plants. If you are having rabbits or mice around your garden, then you should cover the trunks of the trees with plastic tree collars and the base of perennials and shrubs with wire mesh or chicken wire.

Fall-leaf clean up

The fall-leaf creates a real mess on the lawn. Maybe you wonder if they will just compost naturally on the lawn. Yes, they will. If there are only a few leaves, you can just leave them there to turn into mulch and fertilizer. If there are loads, then you definitely have to use a leaf blower. A leaf blower is quite a versatile machine. Unfortunately a leaf blower is very loud and heavy but it definitely does a good job. This is the easiest way to clean your garden in the fall. However, don’t waste your time using it on wet leaves.

Keep on watering

In order to minimize winter damage to your garden you must keep watering it during the fall season. This can be very effective. Even when the leaves and flowers start to fall off, you must keep on watering them. The roots of the plants are still active in the autumn and this way they will absorb and store all the water they get and they will replace the amount that is lost during winter. It will keep moisture in the ground, the roots will be warm for a long period of time and it will help the plants survive the winter. Stop watering them a little bit in September but water thoroughly until the first freeze.

Written by Micky Jones