Follow This Fall Garden Checklist to Get Your Yard Ready for Winter
Changing leaves signal that the growing season is winding down. Here's what you should do to prep every area of your landscape for the colder months.
Finish the gardening season strong by checking all of your autumn chores off the list. Your to-do list before the snow arrives should cover all the areas of your yard, including how to best care for your lawn and ideas for putting your veggie garden to bed for the winter. A little work now will lay the foundation for an action-packed spring that's filled with planting vegetables and colorful blooms instead of bogged down with clean-up tasks and tracking down garden tools. Knock off a couple of chores a day and you’ll be ready for winter in short order; then you can spend your time browsing seed catalogs while you dream up next year's garden plans.
Prep the Perennial Garden
Perennials are garden workhorses. After a long growing season, they're ready for a winter rest. Stop deadheading in early fall and leave the above-ground parts standing even after frost kills them. They'll provide both food and shelter for wildlife. Songbirds will enjoy the seed buffet and many pollinators like native bees overwinter in standing stems and brush. Here are some tasks to complete in your perennial garden in fall:
Get Your Lawn Ready for Winter
As the weather cools off, autumn lawn care is a combination of clean-up and encouraging new growth. It's also a good time to help your grass recover from being trampled during your backyard games of catch or maybe bocce ball this summer. Pave the way for lush, healthy grass next spring with these timely chores.
Prepare Your Vegetable Garden for Next Year
Whether you have an elaborate victory garden or a small patch for raising edible plants, things will start to slow down in fall as you harvest the last of your tasty bounty. Once a few frosts finally bring the growing season to an end, check off these vegetable garden chores to get ready for next season’s harvest.
Care for Trees and Shrubs
Did you know fall is an excellent time for planting trees and shrubs? This is when you should start that new hedge or establish a new shade tree in your yard because the soil is still warm enough for roots to grow a little before winter sets in. Plus, you can provide your other trees and shrubs with a little extra TLC to help them weather the colder months better.
Organize Your Tools and Gardening Gear
As the growing season winds down, don't forget to prep your garden tools for winter. Cleaned and refreshed, your favorite garden helpers will be ready when you are come spring.
Clean Up Annuals and Containers
Colorful annuals are often the first plants to succumb to frosty fall weather. Once a hard frost does them in, you'll want to tidy up planting beds and pots to be ready to fill again next spring.