Autumn is coming. While fall is harvesting season it also marks an important transition period for your garden. The work that needs to be done now not only prepares your plot for the season at hand, but for the ones to follow. It’s important to get your garden prepared for the transition to fall and winter. Plus, it’s a fun way to make the most of the remaining sunny days. Here are some tips and advice in order to prepare your garden this upcoming autumn.
Plant for the Season Ahead
Plan ahead for the next harvest by planting new fruits and vegetables while the soil is warm enough. Late summer and early autumn can serve as a perfect time to plant seeds that you did not have the chance to before. Roots can still grow before the ground reaches freezing temperature. Garlic especially responds well to October planting. Fall is the best time for garlic planting because it allows the crop to vernalize, resulting in larger yields (vernalization is a term used to describe a period of exposure to cold temperatures. For garlic, it encourages bulbing the following spring). Other root vegetables and members of the amaryllidaceae family (leeks, scallions, onions, garlic, etc.) are ideal for fall planting.
Turn Off your Watering System
If you are lucky enough to have an automatic irrigation system or even if you just water with a garden hose, now is a good time to start thinking about disassembling the system to prevent frost damage. In warmer climates, it may be possible to simply disconnect the system from a hose spigot and allow the water to drain out, but in colder climates you will want to either blast all the water out with an air compressor or just bring everything inside for the winter. Putting away hoses in the fall may seem fairly obvious, but also fairly easy to forget.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS FOR YOUR SUMMER LANDSCAPING NEEDS
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