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Autumn Gardening Checklist

garden shed in autumn

1. Clean Up Your Garden:

  • Remove dead or diseased plants.

  • Rake up fallen leaves and debris to prevent mould and pests.

  • Clean and store garden tools properly.

2. Harvest Ripe Produce:

  • Gather fruits and vegetables that are ready for harvest.

  • Check for overripe or damaged items and compost them.

3. Plant Autumn Bulbs:

  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocuses.

  • Follow planting depth and spacing guidelines for each type of bulb.

4. Divide and Transplant:

  • Divide overgrown perennials to rejuvenate them and create new plantings.

  • Transplant shrubs or trees while the soil is still warm enough for root establishment.

5. Mulch Garden Beds:

  • Apply a layer of mulch to garden beds to regulate soil temperature and moisture.

  • Mulch also helps prevent weed growth and erosion.

6. Prune and Trim:

  • Prune back dead or overgrown branches on trees and shrubs.

  • Trim perennials and grasses to tidy up your garden and encourage new growth.

7. Prepare for Frost:

  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast for frost warnings.

  • Cover delicate plants with frost cloth or bring potted plants indoors.

  • Disconnect and store hoses to prevent freezing.


8. Fall Lawn Care:

  • Aerate the lawn to improve soil aeration and reduce thatch buildup.

  • Overseed the lawn with cool-season grass seeds for a lush spring lawn.

9. Composting:

  • Collect fallen leaves and organic matter to add to your compost pile.

  • Turn the compost to accelerate decomposition.

10. Plan for Spring: - Take notes on your garden's performance and what you'd like to change. - Research and order spring-flowering bulbs and seeds for planting.

11. Pest Control: - Inspect your garden for signs of pests or diseases. - Remove and dispose of affected plants or treat them as necessary.

12. Enjoy the Season: - Create cozy outdoor spaces with fall decorations and seating. - Savour the beauty of autumn foliage and the crisp, cool air in your garden.

13. Wildlife Support: - Provide food and water sources for local wildlife, such as bird feeders and birdbaths. - Consider planting native plants that support local pollinators.

14. Check Irrigation Systems: - Drain and winterize irrigation systems to prevent freezing damage. - Ensure that hoses and watering equipment are stored properly.

By following this autumn gardening checklist, you'll be well-prepared to maintain a healthy and vibrant garden during the autumn season and set the stage for a successful spring garden as well. Happy gardening!

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