Fall Into The Future
Fall Into The Future
In the fall many gardeners and home landscapers are anxious to wrap things up. We’ve coped with winter and gypsy moth larvae in the spring, seen drought-stressed plants all summer, and are watching our perennials brown and go to seed. So it’s natural that we’re ready to clear things out, dust off our hands and declare the lawn and garden season finished. But by doing so, we miss out on several opportunities to create wonderful landscapes in the future.
Here are three simple things that you can do this October that will reap great rewards next spring:
- Plant bulbs. An hour or two tucking bulbs in your garden results in weeks of enjoyment next spring. Bulbs delight us when we see them first appear and when they’re in full colorful bloom in the weeks to come. Planting them isn’t tricky: scatter some organic fertilizer such as Bulb-tone or Flower-tone over the area, plant the bulbs 3x deeper than their height, cover with soil and water well. “Dig, drop, done!” as the bulb growers say.
- Amend beds and lawn with an application of compost or composted manure. Spreading a light layer (between 1/2 to 1 inch) of compost is one of the most important things you can do for all parts of your landscape. If desired, you can sprinkle an organic fertilizer such as Plant-tone down first, then top with the compost/manure. Your garden will be off and running with new life next spring. Note that you can spread such amendments right over the remains of this year’s mulch as long as the mulch isn’t deeper than 2 or 3 inches. Then top with a fresh layer of 1 to 2 inches of mulch next spring.
- Use those leaves! The leaves and pine needles that fall on your lawn and landscape are gold for your soil. Mow them and allow the pieces to stay on your lawn, or collect the chopped foliage for top-dressing around shrubs and trees or on vegetable gardens.
Autumn is one of the nicest seasons on Cape Cod…take advantage of those crisp, sunny days to fall into the future!
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