As fall weather approaches, it’s time to switch up your gardening routine to prepare for the offseason. A lawn and garden clean-up is essential to the long-term health of your plants. Here’s a list of tips and to-do’s to get ready for the new season.

Assess the damage & check plant health. Remove all dead stems, blooms and leaves from your garden and flower beds. Also, check for debris that doesn’t belong.  If any plants or vegetation show signs of disease, dispose of it rather than compost it. If you compost the diseased plant, you risk having the same problem pop up next season.

Remove weeds & layer in compost. Weeds are a nuisance that continue well into fall and winter. Begin pulling them by hand to prevent them from stealing nutrients from your soil. Once your garden and flower beds are clean, you’re ready to layer in compost. Adding compost, whether it’s manure or other fertilizers, will help provide food through winter and make spring gardening easier.

Fertilize the lawn. Use a slow-release, all-natural fertilizer that will provide nutrients in the form of carbohydrates during the cooler months. You’ll be rewarded with a lush and well-groomed lawn come spring.

Replace seasonal flowers. Swap out your summer annuals and dig up any bulbs that can’t handle changing weather patterns in your region.

Fall-Friendly Bulbs

  • Crocus
  • Mums
  • Muscari
  • Fritillari
  • Daffodil
  • Hyacinth
  • Tulip
  • Iris
  • Anemone
  • Allium

Fall-Friendly Veggies

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Onions
  • Arugula
  • Turnips
  • Radishes

We hope these preparation tips serve as a trusted guide to help you produce a beautiful lawn and garden!