There is so much to like about fall. How about the amazing show of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves change color -gorgeous? And then there’s the cozy snuggling up by a fire on a cool evening, pretty good. And comfort food and football, who can complain about that? After a hot summer you might be feeling a bit overheated and dried up. Or is that your garden, or both? 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.
1. Clean up…
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. Well for fall, clean up is king or queen, depending on who’s doing it! Start with raking up all of those leaves that are falling right now. Here’s where our Ultimate 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.
2. Trim and Edit:
After a long growing season and lots of sunshine your plants are bigger, some too big, flowers are spent, annuals are done. Now is the time to trim back those shrubs that won’t be flowering in this season, re-shape those plants that look gangly, and, I know it’s hard, edit out what isn’t working or thriving. 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 dirt, weeds, vines and more. 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.
3. Add Some Color!
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!) Plant bulbs. The Dirty Little Digger will dig the holes and has inches and cm markings so you know how far down you are digging. If you live in a milder climate this is an excellent time to add shrubs and trees. The cool months ahead provide the perfect environment for developing roots and preparing for Spring.During this gardening season you will be preparing for cold weather ahead, less sunshine, less watering and more natural environmental impact on your plants. Invest and plant wisely.
Bonus Tip! 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).