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Prepare Your Garden for Cool Weather

Summer will be over before you know it, and now is the time to get your garden ready for the change of season. You should start about six weeks before the cool weather sets in, so you can look forward to a garden full of healthy and blooming plants come spring.

Prepare Your Garden
  • Assess your current garden: What worked this past spring and summer? What didn't work? What do you want to add? This is when the planning for next spring should begin, especially if you are going to change the layout.
  • Clean up: Remove all debris, grass clippings, and dried foliage such as leaves. This will help deter bugs from nesting over the winter, and giving you problems as the weather warms back up. Fluff up your mulch with a rake to allow water to penetrate deep into the soil, and spread out as much compost as you can.
  • Prepare the lawn: Lay grasses that do well in the cool weather, such as ryegrass or fescue. Not only will this protect your soil, but it will look good as other plants and greenery go out of season. And if you really don't want to hang up your gardening gloves for the next two seasons, plant things like perennials, bulbs, trees, lettuce, or carrots. These won't require much sunlight, and you'll get to keep your garden growing year round.
  • Care for your container plants: This time of year, container plants are often the most overlooked, so it's important you make a game plan for the cool months. For example, tropical plants thrive indoors, so move them indoors as the temperatures drop.