It can be super difficult trying to get all of those fall garden jobs done prior to the snow flies! So, I have actually created a list of gardening jobs that you ought to never ever avoid in the fall. If you’re short for time, use this as your quick fall garden upkeep list. Whatever else can wait till spring!
Is it simply me, or does it feel like winter is sneaking up on us once again this year? Noooo, I’m not prepared yet!
I don’t know about you, however I still have a ton of fall backyard work and gardening tasks that need to be done prior to winter arrives … however wait! Does all of this end of season garden care actually need to be done prior to winter?
Don’t fret!! I am here to assist de-stress your life. In this post, I have actually put together a quick, short list of 5 essential fall garden tasks to assist alleviate the tension. So, if you’re pressed for time this fall, or merely do not have the energy to complete all your fall garden tasks, concentrate on these five tasks initially.
However hold on. First things first … pick up a minute and take a deeeeeeep breath. Now let it out gradually … Yes! Feel better yet? Well you will for sure after seeing how brief your brand-new list of fall garden tasks is …
1. Rake the leaves prior to it snows– Leaves left on grass over winter season can trigger patchy dead areas in the spring. Raking leaves before winter is extremely important to the health of your lawn. Raking is an extremely physical task, but don’t fret, you can make this task much easier by using your lawn mower.
I like to mulch the leaves into the mower bag, then spread them over my gardens as natural mulch, or simply dump them into the garden compost bin. Leaves resemble free loan to gardeners, and have lots of advantages in the gardens.
To make life even easier, you can simply utilize your lawn mower to mulch the leaves right into the yard, which is terrific for the yard too.If you just have time to cut back one type of seasonal plant this fall, make it your irises to avoid the feared iris borer.
2.The iris borer moth lays it’s eggs on the foliage of the iris in the fall, where they will overwinter till spring.
Cutting down the foliage will help eliminate the eggs, and secure your irises from being destroyed by the borer. Ensure you toss the cuttings into the trash, and not into your garden compost bin since the eggs could overwinter therein.
To make the task much easier, I utilize either my hedge shears or my electric hedge trimmer to quickly cut down the foliage. (ensure your hedge shears are great and sharp!) Then I put the plant waste into paper garden clean-up bags that I can take to the composting center.
3. Deadhead aggressive self-sowers– Some plants are fantastic, however they have a mind of their own and want to spread their love … All. Over. The. Garden. (and the yard, heck even in fractures in the sidewalk).
Some of my worst wrongdoers are black-eyed Susan and other rudbeckia, liatris, butterfly weed, columbine, and lambs ear. Take the time to get rid of the seedpods/flower heads from aggressive self-sowers prior to putting your garden to bed in the fall. Trust me, this will conserve you hours of weeding in the spring and summer.
Collect the seeds to trade with good friends, or toss them into garden clean-up bags to take for yard waste pickup (just keep them out of your garden compost bin).
For this job, I utilize my hand held pruning shears since seeds will fly all over if you use hedge shears or an electric hedge trimmer. Hand held pruners make the task slower, however it’s much easier to control the seeds!
4. Winterize lawn sprinkler and hose pipes– We all understand that underground watering systems need to be winterized. Blowing out lawn sprinkler is one of those essential fall garden tasks no doubt. (especially in areas where the winters are really cold like here in Minnesota!) However you must also make the effort to drain pipes garden tubes, and store them in a garage or shed if you have space. This will extend the life of your pipe, and we all understand how costly it is to buy a new garden pipe.
Do not forget to also winterize watering systems like drip watering, greenhouse sprinklers or misters. Those need to be drained pipes and stored for winter too.
5. Winterize ponds, fountains and rain barrels– This one’s not for everyone, but if you have a garden pond, a water feature, rain barrels, or anything else that holds water, then it must be appropriately winterized.
Fountains, rain barrels and other containers that hold water ought to be completely drained pipes, then either saved upside down, or saved in a garage or shed where they will not fill back up with water.
You can also get a water fountain cover or a birdbath cover to protect them if you should leave them outside. If you wish to keep your birdbath open all winter season for the birds instead of draining pipes and storing it, you can use a de-icer for it.
Here’s a detailed post I wrote about winterizing ponds … how to winterize a garden pond. I use a drifting pond de-icer to keep the water from freezing to the bottom, so I can simply leave the fish and plants in there all winter.
This quick list for garden upkeep will assist you focus on getting your garden ready for fall. The rest can wait until spring. Simply ensure you aren’t delaying many garden tasks this fall, that you will be even more overwhelmed in the spring. I hope you will have lots of time to get all your fall garden jobs done prior to winter season is here to remain.
Want more fall garden preparation jobs? I have actually got you covered. Here’s my extensive and extremely in-depth fall clean-up checklist, with a lot more fall garden maintenance ideas …