Legends of the Fall
It’s not too late to enjoy a season full of color in your garden.
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Put Your Yard to Bed
Many plants have a better chance of making it through winter if you mulch in fall. “Give the garden something to do over winter,” Bruhler says.
You don’t need to buy heavy bags of prepared mix. Run over leaves with a lawnmower and add the chopped bits to the garden. “Fork it in a little bit to keep it in place, because sometimes the wind will blow it out of place,” Scanzaroli says.
Be careful when you cut back dead stalks and branches. Many plants develop new growth on what looks like dead wood, and certain plants, such as the butterfly bush, should be cut back in spring, not fall. Remove seeds from flower heads and scatter them in desirable areas for next year.
Don’t forget the yard. Aerate, fertilize and seed it. The roots relish cooler weather.
When leaves fall and plants fade, assess the garden’s “bones,” Scanzaroli says. Look at the shrubs, trees and woody plants to determine if they’re properly outlining the garden and adding texture.
When your fall plants start to fade, fill containers with a mix of gourds. Come winter, replace the gourds with evergreens. Then grab your gardening magazines, cuddle up next to the fire and start planning.
Spring, after all, is just around the corner.