There is so much to like about fall like the amazing show of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves change gorgeous colors? Cozying up by a fire on a cool evening, topped off with comfort food and football, who can complain about that? After a hot summer you and your garden might be feeling a bit overheated and dried up. Paddling around (barefoot) in the garden this week, there is no shortage of chores to do in the fall yard.
Fall is a great time of year to work in the yard. In fact many experts say it is the most important time of the year to impact how your yard will look for the rest of the year. Read on for three important chores you can do now so your yard stays beautiful all year long.
This is probably the most important chore you will do in your fall garden. In last month’s blog we highlighted the importance of watering in the summer but for Fall, clean up is supreme. Start with raking up all of those leaves that are falling right now. and here’ where our Ultimate Colored Coconut Garden Broom is your best friend. It is like a broom and a rake all in one. It rakes up all the debris, gets into those nooks and crannies in your hardscape and your flowerbeds and makes quick work of this sometimes overwhelming chore! And you know what, it’s makes it fun – really! And while your picking up leaves in the flowerbeds, do a once over on your patio, pick up and re-locate everything that you won’t use in the cool season ahead.
After a long growing season and lots of sunshine your plants are bigger, flowers are spent and annuals are done. Now is the time to trim back those shrubs that won’t be flowering in this season, and re-shape those plants that look gangley. I know it’s hard to edit out what isn’t working or thriving but it’s time to dig into your flowerbeds (#literally). Here’s where our Dirty Little Digger is your best helper. The pointed end is great for working in small, hard to reach spaces and the serrated edges cut through the dirt, weeds, and vines. So till up the soil, pull out the weeds and dig up what is spent – all with the Dirty Little Digger. If your garden looks a little bare don’t worry, that’s where step 3 comes in.
Here’s where your hard work pays off and you get a little reward. Fall is a great time to add some color and plan for color in the spring (#yippee!) so I say, plant bulbs. The Dirty Little Digger will dig the holes and has inches and cm markings so you can easily measure how far down you are digging. If you live in a milder climate, this is an excellent time to add shrubs and trees. The cooler months ahead provide the perfect environment for developing roots. During this gardening season you will be prepping less sunshine, less watering and more natural environmental impact on your plants. Invest and plant wisely.
If you live in a colder climate, or just don’t have time to plant in the landscape right now, try this: plant some colorful gallon size perennials and shrubs in pots for now. Then as the weather cools, move them to a protected spot and make a promise to yourself that you’ll add them to your beds come Spring. That means color now, bigger plants to plant in the Spring (#Winner).