It’s not too late to finish up your gardening for the year and prepare it for a wonderful warm spring. If you have waited to tackle your final garden chores, here is a checklist that will be easy for you to tackle over the course of this weekend. Go get your hands dirty!
Our Late Fall Gardening Checklist
Grab your tools and head out to the garden!
- Clean up your garden. At a minimum, you should remove any annuals that have died and take any leaves to create mulch for your yard. If there are too many leaves sitting in your garden over the winter, they will contribute to root rot and insect infestations.
- Save any seeds from vegetables, fruit, or flowers that you want to replant in your garden next year. You should place them into a dry and dark container that is airtight until you are ready to plant your garden again in the spring.
- Compost any dead plantings, weeds, leaves, and yard debris that accumulated in your garden. Obviously, anything that was diseased should be disposed of separately to avoid spreading the disease in the mulch.
- Before the first freeze, you need to fertilize and water all of the perennials in your garden. If the first freeze has already occurred, do not attempt to fertilize and water, as it’s too late! In Maryland, the first freeze typically occurs right around Thanksgiving.
- Add a little extra something to your soil if it is hard, compacted, or not full of many nutrients.
- If you have any daffodils, dahlia, cannas, or begonias, you should dig them up after the first frost and preserve them inside during the winter months. If you have any herbaceous perennials currently cluttering up your garden, you should dig them up to untangle them and replant them before the soil freezes again.
- Finally, you should take extra care to protect any perennials in your garden that are sensitive to winter weather. Add a reasonable layer of straw over top, use burlap, or use frames to help shelter them.
Call in the Professionals for Your Fall Landscaping Needs
Evergreen Gene’s offers professional landscaping and maintenance services through the state of Maryland. We are here to make sure your gardens and grounds look as beautiful as possible year-round. Interested in how we can help your garden look its best? Give us a call at (410) 766-6877 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and get more helpful gardening tips, follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Twitter.