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Getting Your Yard & Garden Ready for Fall

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As we enter fall, less and less time will be spent in the yard. Before you head in for the winter and put yard work behind you, there's still some work to be done besides raking leaves.

Things to get done this fall:

  • Create a journal so that you can remember what you like, dislike, what grew well, what did not and what had any disease. Look to see if there are any bare spots in the perennial garden, what is overgrown and needs to be split.
  • Cut back spent perennials that create hiding places for slugs, snails, and other pests. This will prevent problem seeds from spreading.
  • Rake up and dispose of leaves around roses, apple trees, and plants susceptible to powdery mildew and other pests and diseases.
  • Remove diseased tomato, potato, and squash foliage to prevent disease. Do not toss these plants in the compost. Bag and discard.
  • Remove dead branches from roses and fruit trees (no pruning yet).
  • Mulch the garden with chopped-up leaves and grass clippings.
  • Clean tool blades with vegetable oil, or diluted bleach and handles with sandpaper.

Things to avoid doing:

  • No more transplanting, except bulbs
  • No more trimming of shrubs
  • Stop fertilizing, let plants go dormant.

This time of year is also the perfect time to plant bulbs, experts recommend planting your bulb about 6 to 8 inches below the soil. Also, always be sure to plant the "pointy" part of the bulb facing up.

It's never really too late to plant bulbs, as long as you can get into the ground, you can still plant bulbs. Experts also advise placing mesh or chicken wire over your fresh planted bulbs so squirrels or other rodents don't dig them up.

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