Love fall leaves? Learn how to grow trees for fall foliage, mums, and more, plus how to care for plants in the fall.
Fall Garden Checklist
-Ensure your landscape is ready for winter with these easy tips. The most important thing that you can do is clean up your garden. Cut back, break up and remove any disease foliage. By doing this, it prevents the disease from all the winter [inaudible] so you're less likely to see it attack next season. If it's been a dry fall, water your trees and shrubs especially evergreens to ensure that they stay hydrated all winter long. Autumn is an ideal time to amend your soil by spreading inches of compost a [inaudible] on the ground this fall. As it breaks down over the winter, it will improve your soil especially if you have sand or clay. After the soil freezes, when daytime temperatures are no longer above 32degrees, apply a winter mulch to your perennials. And this mulch layer protects them from being heaved up and exposed to chilly air as the soil freezes and fast over the winter.especially if you have sand or clay. After the soil freezes, when daytime temperatures are no longer above 32degrees, apply a winter mulch to your perennials. And this mulch layer protects them from being heaved up
How to Deal with Fall Leaves
If you have larger deciduous trees in your yard, you know what a huge job it is to rake up and get rid of all those leaves. It's also expensive if you have to buy yard waste bags. But you don't have to. Almost any mulch tree mower will make quick work of leaves, and it's perfectly fine for your lawn. Raise the mower to its high setting then just mow as you normally would. Even heavy layers of leaves can be mulched if the first pass leaves behind a lot of debris, a second pass should do the job. You also can use your mower's grass catcher to collect leaves and use them as mulch in flower beds. The mower shreds them just enough to give them a nice texture. A couple of tips to remember- avoid wet leaves. Dry leaves shatter much more easily. Finally, if the leaves are being pushed out in front of the mower, just tip it up slightly and the mower will roll over them.mower's grass catcher to collect leaves and use them as mulch in flower beds . The mower shreds them just enough to give them a nice texture. A couple of tips to remember- avoid wet leaves. Dry
Beautiful Annual Flowers for Fall
-Looking about color and interest to your yard this autumn? Try Fall Annuals. They're perfect for swapping out tired plants in your summer container gardens, tucking into beds and borders for more seasonal color or adding fresh looks to your front door, patio or deck for the fall. Here are 5 fantastic fall annuals. Ornamental peppers are easy to grow and very colorful fruits in shades of red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and even black. Some ornamental peppers are spicy hot. Others have non-pungent fruits and are safe to grow around small children. In addition to their fruits, some variety show off lovely their irrigated foliage as well. Peppers do not tolerate frost so they will need to be covered or protected if frost is predicted. Pansy's a fall favorite that offers cheery, edible flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, purple and blue. Pansies are very hardy and take cold temperatures with these in many areas. They'll survive the winters if planted in the ground and bloom again the following spring. Straw flower is an old-fashioned variety that features colorful flowers with paper-like petals. It's perfect for use in dried floral crafts. The blooms appear in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and white. Like ornamental peppers, it doesn't tolerate frost. So, protect straw flowers from freezing temperatures. Flowering kale, a relative of cabbage, adds wonderful texture to the fall garden with its colorful pink, purple or white leaves. It's amazing when paired with purple pansies and holds up well to freezing temperatures. Kale or borecole is commonly thought of as a summer annual, but it holds up well the cold temperatures, too. It's a natural for fall container gardens. The jewel-toned flowers come in nearly every color and it has a sparing trailing habit making the fun choice for cascading over the side your fall containers.
Fall Tree Care
If you have newly-planted trees in your landscape, there are a couple things you can do this fall to help them get through the 1st and 2nd winter unharmed. First, wrap the trunk to reduce sun scald and frost cracking. Use burlap or paper wrap and secure it with tape. Keep it on until bud break in spring. Second, make sure the base of the tree is well-mulched. This helps keep the tree from coming out of dormancy too soon in spring and may also help retain soil moisture. Fall can also be a time to prune trees. With most trees, winter is the best time. But a few tree species bleed sap in spring time from pruning cuts made in winter or early spring. The most common examples are birch, walnut and some maples such as the summer maple. Though the bleeding is not actually harmful to the tree, it is unsightly. Pruning in fall reduces or eliminates spring bleeding.out of dormancy too soon in spring and may also help retain soil moisture . Fall can also be a time to prune trees. With most trees, winter is the best time. But a few tree species
Make mums a focal point in your fall landscape. From care and feeding, to displaying the Test Garden's got great tips for you.
Fall Garden Checklist
Get Bulbs in the Ground Plant your favorite bulbs now for colorful springtime blooms. Test Garden Tip: You can usually get away with planting bulbs late, up until the soil freezes solid enough you can't get a shovel in the ground. Don't miss our bulb planting tips! Force Bulbs Indoors for Winter Color Get an early touch of spring by planting bulbs now to bloom indoors in January or February. Bulbs such as narcissus and hyacinth work well if you plant them now and keep them cool until you're ready to enjoy the blooms. Feed Your Lawn. Don't let your lawn go into winter without the nutrients it needs to battle the long sleep. Know how much lawn food to use with our fertilizer calculator. Bring Tender Container Plants Indoors Remove dead foliage and break up any hardened soil before hauling your cherished tropical plants (such as mandevilla, passionflower, and citrus) indoors for the winter. Test Garden Tip: Keep an eye out for pests, too. Before bringing plants indoors, spray them, if necessary, to keep aphids, mealybugs, or other harmful insects out of your house. Empty Hoses, Fountains, and Drip-Irrigation Systems Ensure any standing water is removed from your watering equipment; store items in a dry place. Clean up the Vegetable Garden Remove weeds and debris so pests won't make your garden their winter home. Dig Up Annuals Spent and dead, your summer annuals can now nourish the compost heap. Protect Cold-Sensitive Plants Shrubs, roses, and perennials that might succumb to blasts of cold should be protected with mulch or another protective covering. Place these frost barriers after the first freeze. How to Plant a Tree