Fall is well under way. The temperatures are cooler. The leaves on the trees have changed colours. The days are shorter. The nights are longer. And before you know it winter will be here soon enough. But before you can relax by the fireplace for the next few months, be sure to get some of these things done before the first snowfall.
- Remove spent annuals and weeds from the garden.
- Collect seeds and herbs for drying.
- Cut back on soft-foliage perennials like bleeding hearts, but also leave some dried flowers, ornamental grasses and seed head as food for birds.
- Dig up and divide overgrown perennials, including daylilies and irises
- Remove fallen leaves around roses to prevent mildew and other diseases.
- Remove dead branches and foliage from plants.
- Add compost or manure to garden beds.
- Add mulch to the garden beds. Mulching keeps out weeds, maintains the nutrients in the soil and protects the perennials. Use grass clippings, chopped up leaves and straw.
- Now is the time to plant Spring bulbs.
- It is also a good time to plant ornamental grasses, shrubs, perennials, evergreens and ground covers.
- 3 Things You Can Plant in Your Garden this Fall (treehugger.com)
- Do Your Part During Fall Gardening (doyourpart.com)
- Peg Tillery | Cover crops, mulches, fall pruning and salmon (kitsapsun.com)