To most people, Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summertime and the start of the fall season. To gardeners, Labor Day marks the beginning of the fall preparation period for their plants and landscapes! As the fall planting season approaches, it’s time to start prepping your current plants and trees for the changing temperatures and weather conditions. Learn how you can get started with tips from American Native Plants.
Make a List
Whether your garden stretches six feet or six acres, it’s essential to make a list of fall preparation tasks. Fall garden maintenance is crucial to ensuring the health of your native plants year-round. While making your list, include vital tasks such as winterizing water features, assessing summer damage, and removing debris.
Mulch protects your plants and lengthens the growing season. By adding a layer of mulch, gardeners can reduce the spread of dangerous weeds in the winter and spring seasons. As blooming summer perennials begin their dormancy period, a layer of mulch can protect them through the seasons and ensure their healthy growth come spring! Furthermore, mulch keeps the soil warm when the temperature begins to drop, providing a layer of insulation for new and old plants alike.
Improve the Soil
During the summer, the soil is subject to harsh conditions such as high heat and humidity. Ensure that it’s fresh for new planting. Dig up the existing dirt to a depth of ten to twelve inches, and make sure to break up any hard clumps and remove any stones as you dig. Consider spreading a few inches of compost over the area to supply the soil with healthy nutrients.
Watch for the First Frost
The first frost of the fall season is often followed by a prolonged period of warmer, frost-free weather. To protect your native plants, watch for the first frost, and cover your young seedlings with frost cloths or other insulators. If you maintain potted plants, consider bringing them indoors once the temperature drops to the point of frost.
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