It’s hard to believe but summer’s almost over. With the colder weather just around the corner now’s a good time to start getting your garden in gear for the winter wind-down. Keep reading for some tips that will help you get your backyard ready for fall.
1. Be good to your grass
Prepare your lawn for winter by giving it some love during the final days of summer. Boost your lawn’s health now and you’ll have a head start come spring with these tips:
- Rake or mow fallen leaves
- Aerate your lawn so that fertilizer can reach the roots
- Fill in bald patches with a lawn repair kit
- Take care of weeds
- Apply a good winterizing fertilizer all over your lawn
2. Clean up your vegetable garden
Once the growing cycle for your herbs and vegetables is complete, you can work on cleaning up their bed:
- Pull and compost weeds and leftover plants
- Hoe the topsoil to remove roots and other debris
- Work compost into the dirt
- Cover gardening beds with a blanket of mulch
3.Don’t forget your tools
Part of your fall checklist should be devoted to thoroughly cleaning all of your landscaping materials and equipment before storing them for winter. Simply:
- Wash away any caked-on dirt with your water hose’s pressure attachment
- Rub vegetable oil into wooden handles to prevent winter cracking
- Coat metal parts with a spray lubricant to protect them from rust
- Drain the gas from your lawnmower and other power equipment
- Change the air filters on lawnmowers and other power tools
- Organize and stowaway landscaping materials so they’re ready for spring
4. Tend to your plants
Take care of your perennials and potted plants before overnight temperatures start to dip. A little bit of preparation during fall can help your plants survive the winter and save you time next spring.
- Flush your potted plants with water to remove pests and then cover them with mulch before bringing them into the house for winter.
- Prune perennials that have already gone dormant for the season.
- Stake any newly planted trees that you have in your yard to protect them from getting damaged by fierce winter winds.
- Plant your spring bulbs while the ground is still soft and warm.
5.Pick up some supplies
Visit The Black Dirt Company in Edmonton today to pick up the supplies you need to prepare for the season ahead. You can find everything you’re looking for at The Black Dirt Company from landscaping materials, to mulch and topsoil, firewood and so much more! Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.