7 Must-Do Fall Garden Chores And How To Make Them Easier

You knew it was coming – the giant to-do list so you can put your garden to bed for the winter. But don’t despair! We’ve come up with some great tips so you can work smarter, not harder! Prepping your garden for winter now will save you a ton of headaches in the spring.

1.You don’t have to feed everything!
In colder climates, perennials need to slow their growth and harden off as we head into winter, so no need to fertilize them. See? That’s one task you can take off your list! Of course, if you live in a warm area, you’ll still need to cut down dead foliage and clean up your beds.

2. Dig up your bulbs and plant new ones, too!
Once the first frost arrives, cut off leaves and then dig up delicate flowering bulbs such as gladiolus and dahlias that won’t survive the winter. While you’re kneeling in the garden, plant some spring-flowering hardy bulbs like daffodils, muscari and crocus, using the right tool for the job.

3. Rake it up, and then lay it down
It’s a two-for-one chore! Why not clean up fallen leaves once a week instead of waiting until your outdoor space is completely drowning in leaves? This way, your grass won’t be smothered and its root system can still absorb sunlight. Then, grind up the leaves using your mower and spread them over your cut-down plants once the ground is frozen. This layer of mulch will protect plants and insulate your flowerbeds. Got enough mulch already? Dump your leaves on the compost pile, and next spring you’ll have awesome nutrients for your soil.

4. Protect delicate shrubs, trees and plants
Wrap them up in wire mesh, plastic fencing or heavy burlap (you kept those materials from last year, right? We hope so!), which will protect them not only from wind and snow, but wildlife in search of a nibble.

5. One last weeding!
Do a once-over to get rid of any stray weeds – especially ones with seeds on them! – and toss them in the garbage, NOT the compost pile.

6. Quench that thirst!
If you garden in a dry climate where the soil doesn’t freeze or you don’t get much snow, you’ll need to keep watering your perennials about once a month to maintain their health. Keep watering your trees, especially evergreens, until the ground is frozen. But instead of standing around for an hour with watering can in hand, set up a sprinkler system to take care of that for you!

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What fall chores have you completed in your garden?

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