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Prep Your Garden for Fall

September 24, 2018 7:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Prep Your Garden for Fall

While fall might not seem the most exciting time for your garden, it is an important time. By preparing the gardens in your homes in Birmingham AL, you’ll give your plants a better chance of survival and also give yourself less work to do come spring. Of course, if you plant some mums and asters or other plants that bloom in the autumn, you will still be able to enjoy some blossoms and color.

It is important to prepare your garden for winter, because the plants need to remain warm and insulated under the soil during the winter, even if Birmingham winters aren’t as harsh as other regions. As well as protecting your plants from cold temperatures, they also need to be protected from scavenging animals.

The first step is to fertilize your garden with food or some other biological material rich in minerals and nutrients. Spread an even layer over the soil and then do some tilling to help work the fertilizer into the soil, giving it an extra boost over the winter. Plus, by tilling in the fall and not only the spring, you give the soil a whole season, rather than just a month or so to revitalize.

Even though it may seem that the colder weather may kill off some of the weeds, plenty stick around, ready to wreak their havoc come spring. Make sure you pull up as many weeds as possible, going down to the roots, not just snipping the tops. Try to at least focus on the most resilient and damaging weeds to have a better chance at eliminating them or at least putting a dent in them.

If your mulch has become sparse and dried out from a hot summer and been scuffled about by kids, animals and the wind, now is a great time to fill in the mulch with a good protective layer. Not only does the mulch keep the roots warm, it also helps protect against scavengers, especially if you have a vegetable garden.

Now is also the time to check for plant diseases, bug infestations, and dead plants. Treat infected areas, get rid of parts or whole plants that can’t be saved, and you will hopefully have fewer problems come spring. Go ahead and dig up your annuals now, as well, and put them into a compost pile if you have it, so they can provide some benefit to next year’s plants.

Finally, bring in any plants that won’t be able to withstand the colder temperatures, including digging up any bulbs. You might have to dig up some plants and store them in your garage, and don’t forget to bring in your potted plants from your porch.

These basic tips will help keep your garden in good shape throughout the fall and winter so it will be ready to blossom in the spring. Don’t forget to keep the yards of your homes in Birmingham AL maintained, as well. Seed any bald patches, rake up leaves so they don’t suffocate your yard, and aerate your lawn to help keep it healthy and green. Come spring, your home, yard, and garden will be a joy to you and your neighbors.

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