Fall is a great time to consider doing a lot of different activities in a garden, so we’re going to go through some of those and introduce some gardening tools to help maintain your fall garden.
Fall is a great time for planting trees and shrubs in any kind of fall bedding plants. Temperatures are dropping and garden centers are restocked. Really we are focusing mainly on a lot of deciduous plants which lose their leaves in fall. You want to be careful once we get past the November 1st, it becomes a little bit late potentially to be planting many broadleaf evergreens and it is because these plants don’t have the sufficient amount of time to get the root to establish before winter sets in.
Watering in the fall is also an important activity that we need it very closely monitored. By the time we get into September and October, rainfall amounts have been reduced and it’s usually been a drought year we have been dealing with. Going into the fall, we want to make sure that our soil has adequate moisture especially broadleaf evergreens. Remember that they’ve got foliage in wintertime so we need to provide adequate amounts of moisture. Use this adjustable watering sprayer to flexibly water your fall garden.
Pruning is another activity we may want to consider looking at in the fall. There are a couple of concerns. One is that any of our early spring flowering such as forsythia, spirea and quince has their flower buds later so they’re going to carry those through the winter. So if we do any sufficient amount of pruning in the fall or during the winter, we sacrifice some of the flowers that will open in the early spring. So just be careful and give that the consideration. The other concern is that many of our broadleaf evergreens is pruned very severely at this time of the year, we may encourage a flush of late growth that may not have sufficient time to harden off before winter.
If you have warm season lawns, you will not want to be applying fertilizer in the late fall. You should fertilize in the growing season in the summer months. So if you do have a cool season grass, fall is the primary time at which we will fertilize the lawn. As far as fertilizing our trees and shrubs, fall is not generally our best fertilizing time. We prefer to wait until spring.
The last fall garden activity we might be considering is controlling the winter weeds. One thing you want to know is what kind of grass you had in your landscape or in your lawn and make that decision whether you need to apply any kind of weed control. If you do, it’s probably best to consult with your local Cooperative Extension office in your county and show them what kind of weeds that you think you’ve had. Have a great time and enjoy fall garden!