4 Fall Gardening Tips

fall-landscapeFall is getting closer and closer! And there are quite a few things you can do to make your landscape look as nice as possible until the first frost comes.

Here are four ways to make your autumn landscape look great!

1. Swap Out Your Annuals

Your summer annuals are probably starting to look a little ragged and worn out by now. But you don’t have to do without flowers throughout the fall!

Instead, you can dig up those summer annuals and replace them with any number of fall options. Mums are traditional, but gazanias, snapdragons, amaranth and even sunflowers offer some colorful options. If you want to go full-on fall-themed you could focus on orange, yellow, and red blossoms.

2. Keep Raking Those Leaves

We don’t have to worry too much about leaves just yet, but it won’t be long before we do. A yard full of leaves looks unkempt and a carpet of leaves won’t do your grass any favors in the spring, either.

Leaves will smother your grass. If you don’t want a big yellow patch on your lawn in the spring then you’ll want to get those leaves off your lawn as soon as you can.

3. Mulch Your Garden

Some of those leaves could be put to good use if you don’t just want to bag them and throw them away. You can use them to mulch your garden beds.

Mulching your garden beds helps to protect your other plants from harsh winter temperatures. It helps you keep soil temperatures consistent, which is good for your plants.

4. Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn is the best way to get it ready for winter. Fertilizer keeps grass roots strong. You may want to do a soil pH test first so you can figure out what your lawn needs most. With that said, potassium is an especially important component for helping your lawn stay healthy through a Wisconsin winter.

Once your landscape is winterized you can get on with enjoying the last bit of nice weather before the cold hits!

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