Fall starts showing changes in the condition of your trees and grass. The bright spring and summer colors start to change to the warm colors of fall. Eventually, most of the colors fade into the bare winter landscape. The changes in the colors accompany changes in the weather. If you have a garden, you recognize that as fall turns into winter the needs of your garden also change. You can keep your garden healthy as fall turns into winter by clearing the fall debris, keeping an eye out for potential issues, and getting rid of last season’s dead plants.
Clear the fall debris
The fall is a time where debris can quickly accumulate in your garden. Leaves falling off of trees in your yard and your neighbor’s yard can be blown into your garden. Plants and shrubs often ‘catch’ leaves around their roots and that is where they stay until you intervene. It is a good idea to clean away this debris throughout the fall. As fall moves into winter – and the trees are finished shedding their leaves – it is a great time to clear out any remaining fall debris. Keeping your garden free from this type of debris will help it remain healthy throughout the winter.
Keep an eye out for potential issues
It is important to keep an eye out for potential issues in your garden as fall turns into winter. Pest activity or signs of disease in your evergreen plants are both possible issues during this cooler part of the year. Pests and disease activity now can be a threat to your spring garden. Fall and winter are also good seasons to check for waterflow and drainage issues in your garden. If you notice problems with water, you can address them now instead of dealing with them in the spring when you are ready to start planting.
Get rid of last season’s dead plants
Do not let dead plants from the spring and summer hang out in your garden throughout the fall and winter. These dead plants can provide harborage for pests and allow them to survive the winter so they can damage your spring plants. In addition, dead plants may be diseased which can spread to your evergreen plants or your new plants in the spring if you allow them to remain. You can protect your current and future garden by removing the remnants of your previous garden. Keeping your garden healthy as the fall turns into winter is a pretty simple task. Clear out the fall debris, keep an eye out for potential threats, and get rid of last season’s dead plants. Following these three steps will keep your garden healthy and prepped for the spring.