To-Do List for Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening

Before pumpkin-themed drinks are released, you need to do some important things in your garden. During the late summer, it is important to tackle a couple of gardening projects to keep your garden happy and healthy during the wintertime. These tasks can be done over the weekend so grab your favorite gardening gloves and let’s get started!  

Late-Summer/Early Fall To-Do List:

  • Remove faded and dead flowers from your garden bed. Flowers and plants that have lost their color tend to not recover; therefore, you will want to make an executive decision on whether or not to remove them from your garden bed before fall. 
  • Add grass and bushes into your yard and garden. Late summer to early fall is the perfect time to begin planting grass and bushes at your home. 
  • Fill up your bird feeders with fresh seeds.
  • Plant your favorite fall flowers! Grab some mums and decorate your garden with fall-inspiring colors like yellow, orange and red. You can even incorporate a bale of hay with a couple of pumpkins for a fun, festive look. 
  • Take some time to prune your trees, bushes, and hedges. This will help make them look full and colorful next spring and summer. 
  • Till your soil and garden beds to get them ready for next year. You can even add a homemade compost! 
  • If you decide not to use your planters this fall, make sure to remove all the soil and wash them out thoroughly with mild soap and warm water. This will prevent transferring bacteria and disease to next year’s new plants. 
  • During the fall, your grass will grow at a slower rate than it does during the summertime. Make sure to lower your lawn mower’s blade height.
  • Once the leaves begin to fall, you want to make sure you are raking frequently. Leaves can actually suffocate your lawn and stop it from growing properly. 
  • Take some time to remove weeds and debris from your garden bed. The more you remove this time of year, the less you will have to worry about in the spring. 

Make sure to follow these tips to help your garden adjust to the change in temperatures. Let us know what you think in the comment section. Happy Gardening!