Maintain and Save this Fall with these Great Garden Tips

Fall is great when it comes to gardening because you have the chance of looking at successes and disappointments, but you will still have some time to do some garden maintenance.

Fall gardening will provide you with cooler temperatures and you will be dealing with fewer insects, and you will have an easier time gardening during the fall compared to doing it during the spring meaning it is easy to put some autumn color in your landscaping.

Different Fall Garden Money Saving Tips

Pick Up Plants Without Spending As Much

A lot of the nurseries you will find end up putting their remaining stock on deep discounts during the Fall season in order to avoid having to set it aside for storage in the winter. Therefore, you will be able to save around 40 to 50 percent of the list price for various plants, seeds, and tools.

What would be even better, completely avoid the nursery entirely and acquire plants without paying anything at all. Fall is a great time to split and divide spring-flowering perennials including both peonies and day-lilies. To do this, you can cut a piece off of your favorite specimens in various gardens in your surrounding area and plant them in your yard. This is not only beneficial for the original plant that you are splitting, but it will also save you a lot of money in the process. You can visit for direct instructions on this process.

You just have to ensure that you are able to get everything planted and in the ground a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your average first time the ground freezes. To get this date in your area, ask a knowledgeable nursery in your area.

Grow A Much Healthier Lawn

Because weed seeds don't germinate in the fall, you will get a grace period to get your lawn started without much competition according to Wilmette, Ill., landscape architect Steve Kooyenga. Because the fall is traditionally much cooler and due to the increased rainfall during this season, the turf will be both thick and strong enough in order to beat out a lot of the weeds that grow in the spring. Therefore, if you wait and seed until the spring, you will likely have to repeat the treatment which can get very costly in a hurry.

Fertilize Beds

Feed your garden now and you will be able to reduce the total cost and amount of time that you end up having to spend fertilizing and watering it over the next year. This is primarily due to the fact that the air temperatures will drop and the ground will remain warm which can encourage plants to focus their energy on root growth. Having healthy roots means having much more drought-resistant plants that can survive a lack of rainfall. Thus, you should aim to use a fertilizer that is high in potassium for the best root growth potential.

Save On Your Spring Blooms

Fall is just about the only time when you can plant spring-blooming bulbs including tulips and lilies. A good way to save money on this is by buying and sharing a bulk order with your surrounding neighbors. Doing this will allow you to reduce the total cost and it can help you enjoy colorful flowers in your garden for years to come.

Below are some tasks you need to do to make next year’s garden great.

Enriching garden beds using compost and manure. Take the compost and manure then spread it on exposed soil. The soil will be rich because of the freezing and thawing of winter, and also earthworms.

Collecting dried seed from veggies and open-pollinated flowers. There is a good chance you are going to sow next year, and it is a good idea to save some seeds you are going to use. You can even decide to give winter sowing a try.

Cleaning bird feeders and getting them ready to use. The birds have helped you in getting rid of garden pests and chirping all summer, and you can pay them back and try to get them to stay for the next year.

Gathering herbs, flowers, and seed heads for drying. Try leaving some flowers for the birds, but you should start cleaning-up by cutting plants such as yarrow and hydrangea, and the good part is you can bring them indoors.

Cleaning out cold frames for winter use. The worst time to do this is when the temperatures are very low. When you clean it out during fall, it increases the likelihood of you using it during the spring.

Winterizing your water garden. You need to be prepared to switch the pump for the ice breaker. Covering the water garden using a netting is a good idea because it keeps the falling leaves out.

Water the trees and shrubs till the ground freezes. They will be alive, even though they might look dormant. If the winter is dry, then you should continue watering throughout the season. This is even more important for trees planted this year.

Cutting back most perennials. If there are any diseased perennials in your garden, cut them back and dispose of them somewhere. You should not compost them.

Cleaning, sanding and oiling your garden tools before you store them. You should do this because you are going to store them for winter. This process is not as hard as it might seem.

Taking cuttings now, before the frost starts turning the plants to mush. You will have an easier time bringing a small cutting of plants to over-winter, instead of large pots of mature plants. They will also transplant better outdoors the coming spring.


Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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