But there are a few other actions you can take as we move into fall to protect your plants and – it’s true! – prepare them for a comeback in the spring.
And make sure to check in with the Conservation Garden Park for even more on a water-wise approach to landscaping. Every drop counts and we’re here to help you make the most of it.
Start your fall maintenance by taking a walk around the yard, looking at what’s working and what could use some TLC. Got some overgrown areas? Now is the time to thin the bed out – why rob remaining plans of winter’s limited nutrients? – and settling separated plants in new locations.
Look for signs of disease, too, and either treat it or remove affected plants. Remove the annuals and weeds. Prune the roses and fruit trees. Notice a theme here? We’re cleaning house!
Once everything is in place, bring out the mulch. It prevents evaporation and blankets your plantings through the winter. Spread it across bare areas, too, preparing the soil for next spring’s annual plantings.
When it comes to your lawn, fall is a good time to spread some cold-weather seed – rye and fescue come to mind – along with a blanket of natural fertilizer. Again, you’re preparing for spring, allowing the seed to germinate through the winter and come on strong in the spring.
And now is the perfect time to start that compost pile you always wished you had read in the spring! Here at Granger-Hunter Improvement District, we know too well the toll chemical fertilizers take on our water supplies. The more you can do to go natural, from using compost on next spring’s planting to using your garbage disposal less often, really makes a difference.