As a gardener, fall is one of the most important parts of the year to look after your lawn and plants. It is the time of year that most of nature goes into hibernation and your garden or yard is exactly the same. In this blog we take off where we ended in part one, to look at the things you should be doing to prepare your landscape for winter.
Making Your Own Mulch
Just like applying fetilizer your garden will need nutrient replenishing for the coming winter months, and mulching is a great way to do this. Most people just head out and buy mulch from the local garden center but with a little bit of work you can make your own. Gather the fallen leaves from your garden, after all there are plenty to find in fall, then run your lawnmower over the pile a few times until it the mulch is the correct consistency. Your plants will love this organic shot in the arm and it has not cost you a penny.
Planning and Reorganization
Fall is a perfect time for looking at your garden and to replan how you want it to look after winter. It is a time for doing large construction jobs, such as building a water feature or rockery, as you will not damage any plants doing so. If you are thinking of planting new species then prepare the spaces that they will be living in, and look at what plants are available that will give your garden that extra wow factor.
Look at Neglected Areas
Now you do not have to mow the lawn or water the plants, you will find that you have plenty of extra time on hand regarding your gardening duties. So fall is perfect for looking at other areas of your property that affect the overall look of your landscape. Take, for instance, your driveway. Repair any cracks or missing edging stones. Perhaps build a fence to highlight the drive as a separate part of the garden. Repair any steps that may be cracked and apply sealant to stop ice and water damage where it may be needed.
Don’t Ignore Your Evergreens
Just because most of your garden has gone into hibernation it does not mean that your evergreens can be ignored. Although their growth rates in fall and winter are not as high as in the rest of the year they still need water. If you do this well in September and October then they will not dehydrate over the winter. It is rather random how much water they will need, it depends if the start of fall was particularly rainy, if so then not much water will be needed.
The rough guide that if there has been less than four inches of rainfall for the month, then the evergreens will need around three sessions of hour-long waterings over a three week period. If you look after your garden and yard in fall properly then you should have no problems in the winter and your landscape is fully prepared for the rebirth in spring and will look spectacular, for both you and your neighbors to enjoy.