With fall comes the opportunity to look back, reflect on your gardening successes, and enjoy some much needed quiet time. It also marks a key time in the life cycle of your garden – cleaning season. Fortunately, most gardeners enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer insects as they work in their spaces, and getting things cleaned up is far calmer than working to get things in the ground in the spring. How do you effectively clean your fall garden, though? What can you do to keep your perennials safe and healthy over the winter and prepare the soil for next year’s annuals? These tips can help.

  • Save Your Seeds: Many gardeners deadhead most of their plants, and while that can be helpful in some situations, what youmay want to do is take this opportunity to expand your garden. Save the seeds heads, then let them ripen until they split open. You can scatter the new seeds and expand your garden space anywhere you like. Leaving the flowers and plants may have one helpful green consequence too: native bees hibernate in the hollow stems of many plants, so you can actually protect them over the course of the winter.
  • Fertilize! Now is the ideal time to fertilize many of your plants. Remember, though, not all fertilizers were created for all plants, so you’ll want to do a bit of research to help you understand how to find the right fertilizer, and how to apply it once you’ve found it.
  • Winterizing Beds: You’ll also want to winterize your vegetable and ornamental beds. Pull out any plants that have been infested by pests or fungal diseases. Wet foliage attracts additional white mold and disease, so it’s important to pull it out of there. Remove the plants or burn them if you pull them, though, because you’ll affect your soil should you choose to leave them. You may also want to put a thin layer of leaves over your plant beds to help protect them from cooler winter temperatures.
  • Don’t Forget About Your Lawn: Your garden needs a lot of attention the fall, but just because you’re not mowing every week doesn’t mean you can forget about the lawn. This is the time to overseed your lawn so it will grow back thicker next year. Start by firing up your electric mower and cutting it shorter than usual, then remove the clippings. Spread seed across your lawn with fertilizer, and keep it lightly watered. If leaves fall on your newly overseeded lawn, you may need to get the mower out again. You’ll want to mulch the leaves (chop them into small bits) so they won’t interfere with your grass’ growth. An electric mower here is the perfect tool because they’re lighter and more maneuverable, making them ideal for fall lawn care.

Fall doesn’t mean that you can take a long gardening break. Invest in the right Mean Green tools to help you care for your lawn and garden this fall, and get busy! The beautiful grass and flowers will thank you for your hard work next spring.