Most people love the fall. You still get plenty of sun, but the air is crisp and fresh, and there is not a better time to get out and work in the garden in my opinion. But it’s not just the experience of gardening in the fall that is fantastic – it’s also the ideal season for a good, old-fashioned tidy and clear up. I’m going to take you through some of the simple tasks you need to consider in the fall, to ensure your garden is in good shape for the cold winter, and give yourself a head start next spring. Let’s get started with the basics.
Trim trees and shrubs
First of all, there’s no point focusing on your garden floor when there is likely to be more debris falling over the coming months. So, give your trees a little ‘haircut’ first, using your best chainsaw brand to remove all the dead twigs and branches. Not only will this make your garden a lot tidier than it was before, but it will also help your tree and shrubbery put all its energy into caring for its strong branches over the harsh winter months.
Next, it’s time to target all the dead leaves and collapsed stems from your border plants and shrubs. You can do this by hand, or with a good pair of secateurs. Be careful to watch out for any stems with attractive seedheads, however, as they are an excellent source of food for the birds during the winter. And while we are on the subject of birds, now is an excellent time to ensure all your feeders and nest boxes are clean and habitable.
While the fall is a beautiful season, all the leaves dropping from trees and shrubs can cause havoc to your garden. It is essential that you do something about it now – although don’t be too quick to throw everything away. Clear leaves – and any other debris – from your lawn and borders, first. You should also take care to clean your pathways thoroughly – once those leaves start to decompose, they can become incredibly slippery. But don’t throw it all away A few well-placed piles of old leaves can provide winter shelter for a whole bunch of wildlife, and fallen leaves also make fantastic mulch and a healthy addition to your compost.
Trim and edge your lawn
Once the lawn is clear, give it a good trim. It’s best to cut the grass a little higher in the fall than you do in the summer, as it gives it more chance of surviving through the winter. The fall months are also a great time to edge your lawn, too – use an edging tool to give your garden perfect, pristine lines.
Finally, inspect your borders and sheds for any damage. You’ll want to make repairs now because leaving any damage over the winter will mean things will get significantly worse by the spring. Replace anything that is starting to rot, including fence posts and compost containers, and inspect your shed for any leaks. It’s also worth looking at any glass areas in your garden to find cracks or broken panes.
Hope this guide has helped you get an idea of how to clear your garden this fall. Happy gardening!