Not-so-Obvious Fall Gardening Tasks
You might be spending your weekend raking and bagging leaves, maybe planting some spring bulbs, too. But there are actually a wide variety of important - and time- and money-saving - gardening tasks you could be embarking on this seasons as well. Check out the following ideas before you roll up your sleeves and head out into the yard:
Put down mulch. The fall is a great time to spread a layer of mulch as many plants get ready to go dormant and hibernate for the winter. This will make the job easier as you won’t have to worry about damaging young plants as you’re spreading mulch around. Also use this time to dig out new beds you’re planning to plant in the spring and cover those with mulch as well.
Collect seeds. Save some money on next year’s annuals’ bill by collecting seeds to start inside over the winter and plant in the spring. Look for seeds from sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos and any other fall plants still blooming in your yard. Same goes for your fall vegetable harvest.
Divide plants. Fall is a great time to thin flower beds, especially native plants. Using a shovel, separate about one-third of a plant and house them in pots over the winter, keeping them well watered and fertilized. They make a great gift for neighbors and friends, too!
Prepare for the birds. If you take care of the birds during the winter, fall is a great time to stock up on and organize your bird seed, before snow and ice make the task more difficult. Clean and inspect your bird feeders and hang them in easy to access spots that also allow you to easily view your feathered friends.
Source: The State Journal