As the heat of summer relents and cooler days and nights return, it is time for the fall gardening chores. With the fall coolness, it is a great time to replace that lawn or enjoy the money saving fall clearance prices that the nurseries offer.
- Poor Performers: With the growing season still fresh in your mind, look at which plants delighted and which were disappointments. Remove the poor performers and replace with something new.
- Bulbs: Fall is the time to plant tulip, daffodil, crocus and other so-called minor bulbs.
- Perennials: Fall is an ideal time to plant shrubs, trees and perennials with the still warm soil temperatures that will promote good root growth. Even small plants will show good growth over our mild winters.
- Lawns: Replace or renovate your lawn as soon as the heat of summer is over. September coolness is an ideal time to sod your lawn to keep the winter mud from being tracked into your house.
- Weeds: It’s easy to forget weeds at this time of year. Instead clean out your beds and prevent weeds from maturing and growing through the fall months.
- Clean-up: Pull out the annuals when they are finished. Prune back the perennials after the first hard frost. Prune dead and damaged branches on shrubs or trees.
- Divide: if grasses, hostas and day-lilies are getting too large, divide and transplant to other areas of your yard or give to friends.