Fall gardening is the best thing you can do to  prepare the garden for winter and spring.  The weather is cool and sometimes foggy so working outside is more bearable.  Most plants slow down in their growth at this time and some completely die out only to return to life in the spring.  Here are some of the beneficial things you can do for your garden in the fall……..

Fall Gardening Tips

  1. Clean up
    Rake fallen leaves and use them as mulch around plants and trees or put them in your compost pile.  This also helps the lawn to absorb sunlight and air.  Rake small twigs and branches on the ground and use them as kindling for the fire pit or for fall decorating.Rake leaves
  2. Prune Plants
    Some plants can be pruned lightly to get rid of spent blooms, dead or crossing branches.Prune plants
  3. Divide Perennials
    Overgrown and overcrowded plants need to be divided and transplanted.  Dig up the whole plant and gently separate the roots in smaller clumps.  Cut any dead roots and discard them.  Transplant the smaller clumps in other areas in the garden or give it away to friends and family who would love to have free plants.Divide Perennials
  4. Plant Bulbs
    Now is the best time before the first frost to plant assorted bulbs like tulips, daffodils, anemone, crocus, and ranunculus for a spectacular spring display.  To save time and your back, use a bulb planter to dig the holes.Plant bulbs
  5. Plant Cool Season Vegetables
    If you love growing your own vegetables, fall is the best time to plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mixed salad greens, kale, Swiss chard, peas, chives, artichokes, Italian parsley and onions.swiss chard
  6. Plant Perennials
    Pick plants that are native to your area.  These plants are well adapted to your climate and does not need a lot of water to survive. Planting them in the fall gives them enough time to grow healthy roots.Plant Perennials
  7. Apply Mulch
    Spread compost or mulch around plants and trees to protect them from extreme weather and to keep the soil moist.  Compost will give plants nutrients to grow healthy.  Leave a few inches of space open around the base of the plant and the tree trunk.Apply mulch
  8. Plant Fruit Trees and Berries
    At nurseries and home improvement stores you will find a wide assortment of fruit trees available now.  Picking your own fresh fruit in the summer is one of pleasures you can look forward to.  Pick healthy trees that are at least 5-6 feet tall and transplant them in your yard.  This way you don’t have to wait a long time for fruit to develop.apple treeBlackberry bush
  9. Reseed the Lawn
    To repair dead areas in the  lawn, sow grass seeds and cover lightly with good soil.  Water seeds regularly and soon the empty patch will be covered. Reseed the lawn
  10. Grow More Plants from Cuttings
    Growing plants from cuttings is a cheap way to have more plants in the garden.  Cut healthy stems, snip off the flowers and lower leaves, then stick them in the ground or use a rooting hormone.Cuttings from succulents[amazon_link asins=’0376039205′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’justsavorit-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’46ce7ccc-ae0b-11e7-8082-4189aceaa7bf’]