As the days grow shorter, there is no denying that fall is in full swing and winter is not too far away. There are a number of fall garden chores that need to be done before the ground freezes and the snow flies.
1. Mow the lawn one last time, leaving it at about 2 to 3 inches in length.
2. Once your trees are done dropping their leaves, get out there and rake them all up. (Hurray, more for the compost heap!)
3. Pull out all of the weeds, annual plants, and anything that won’t make it through the winter. Add them to your compost heap or to your municipal composting pick-up.
4. Turn the garden soil and add amendments such as compost. Using the finished compost from your bin will make more room for the organic matter that you will be adding throughout the winter.
5. Edge the garden beds and add mulch as required.
7. Clean and sharpen all of your garden tools to avoid rust and corrosion. Tuck them out of the way at the back of the garage or shed.
8. If you had potted plants or grew container veggies, empty out the pots, give them a quick cleaning and store them away in order to avoid cracking over the winter.
9. If you have a lawn service or snow removal contractor, decide whether you will be renewing with them for the following season. Many companies give preferential prices to returning customers who book ahead.
Putting in some extra landscaping work now will give your garden and yard a leg up in the spring and cut back on the work you have to do for a lush spring and summer garden. Now get out there and enjoy the last warm days of fall while you can!
Reference: Living the Country Life
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