We should work on getting our gardens cleaned up but not perfectly. We need to remember to leave something for the birds. They will snack on the seeds of cosmos, coneflowers, sunflowers and bachelor buttons. They also like the heads of ornamental grasses and by leaving them for the birds you also create a bit of winter beauty in the garden. Put garden debris such as vines and weeds without seeds into your compost bin and if you don’t have one, what a perfect time to get one going. You can buy composters but can also make them yourself.
We are happy to give up that weekly job of mowing the lawn, but we still need to give the lawn a little attention before winter. If you have not done so, give your lawn the last application of a fertilizer. Your evergreen shrubs and trees should be deeply watered this month also. This should be done before your irrigation water is turned off (check with your irrigation water provider to find out when that will happen). Also begin the task of raking leaves off the lawn. If leaves are left on the lawn they can smother and cause dead spots. You do not want to leave them on the lawn over winter and you do want to use them as mulch now and bagged up for later, too.
Are you thinking you might want to make some major changes in your garden for next year? This could be the perfect time to get started. Maybe you are thinking of raised beds. They can be created by using recycled material, from old wood to brick to concrete. Kits can also be purchased. How about a picket fence around the garden to keep the dogs out, or some new trellises? Maybe it is time to talk about adding some chickens or rabbits. There are so many plans online that will serve you well. Now that the garden is put to bed, this is a good time to get busy creating.
Keep checking back as we share more fall gardening tips. We’re always here if you have questions and you can contact us at email@example.com
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