With summer finally drawing to a close, we are now upon the perfect season to spend time outside and enjoy cooler temperatures, less bugs, lower humidity, and gorgeous fall colors.
Just because temperatures are dropping, however, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your summer gardens or scramble to get everything inside just yet. There’s still plenty of time to plant and harvest the bounties of fall, and it’s also the ideal time to get your lawn and flowerbeds ready for next spring. To get you started, I’ve rounded up some of the best fall landscaping tips to get your outdoor areas ready.
Once your yard is bundled up against the chill, don’t forget to complete these fall home maintenance tasks to ensure the rest of your house will be ready for winter!
Extend Your Growing Season
Tip #1: Save on next year’s plants, pots, & planters
Depending on where you live, you may still have several weeks of warm weather ahead of you. Summer stocks of plants, pots, and planters go on deep end-of-season discount this time of year, making it a great time to stock up for next season or add last-minute color to your outdoor areas.
Tip #2: Add color with hearty flowers
Even if your cooler temps are rolling in, there are plants than can go in the ground and thrive even through the first few frosts. Starting now, clear out dead plants and weeds in your garden beds.
Replace summer annuals with heartier plants such as mums, winter pansies, rudbeckia, asters, Montauk daises, and flowering cabbage. You can also extend the life of your summer planters by pulling out anything that is spent and replacing them with inexpensive mums.
Tip #3: Plant a fall harvest
If you aren’t ready to say goodbye to your edible summer harvest, take heart! There are plenty of vegetables you can plant that will yield and thrive through the colder temperatures. Beets, carrots, turnips, kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, and shallots all do well in colder temperatures.
Fewer bugs means greater harvests, which can save on your grocery bill long into the later seasons.
Tip #4: Don’t forget to plant bulbs
Lastly, don’t forget to plant bulbs after the second frost to ensure beautiful blooms come springtime. Better Homes & Gardens has a full comprehensive guide for helping you every step of the way!
The Season for Maintenance
Tip #5: Winter-proof your garden beds
While fall is a great time for squeezing in a few final harvests, it really is the ideal time for end-of-summer maintenance and preparations for next year! A few preparatory actions this fall can not only save you time, heartache, and money through the colder seasons, but will ensure your gardens and lawns are ready for next spring.
In your garden beds, remove dead plants, get rid of weeds, remove annual plants, and aerate the soil. Pack extra mulch around more temperature-sensitive plants to protect them through the colder months and ensure their survivability next year.
Tip #6: Clean up dead leaves
Use our tips and tricks for easier leaf clean up, then put your raked up leaves in the compost bin for next year to save on fertilizer. Thin out your perennials using these great tips from Thrifty Fun to ensure they come back hearty and vibrant.
Tip #7: Give your grass some TLC
One of the most important things to take care of in the fall is your lawn. By giving your grass some extra TLC, it will better survive the winter and thrive once temperatures warm. This checklist from Great Garden Supply walks you through every step of good grass maintenance.
Tip #8: Decorate with the harvest
Last but certainly not least, fall is the perfect time for decorating your porches, patios, decks, doors, planters, and tables with the fruits of the season. Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, wood logs, branches, hay bales, apple baskets, evergreens, mums, and more are all inexpensive, easy-to-find, and oh-so-festive decorations for anywhere in the home. Find even more great indoor fall decorating ideas here.
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Cover up each fence or porch post with simple and inexpensive cornstalks. These large-scale focal points make for a picturesque scene all through the colder months.
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Combine natural elements such as hay, pumpkins, and gourds in styled vignettes to usher in the season in style.
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Don’t splurge on fancy planters for your fall foliage. A simple apple basket painted for the season makes for an inexpensive and darling display!