From the Desk of Ed Hume: Fall Garden Projects

September 4, 2011 at 11:13 PM Leave a comment

In a few weeks, fall gardening will be the main topic of conversation and activity for home gardeners.  Because of this, let’s discuss a few things you might want to include on your “fall gardening calendar of things to do.”

First, this is the time of year when the slugs begin to lay their eggs.  They are usually in clusters of 25 or more b.b.-sized eggs.  I often find them in cool spots, like along the edge of the lawn or in shady-moist-areas of the garden.  Look for them, and you’ll notice that destroying the ones you find should measurably reduce the number of slugs you will have in next year’s garden.

Fall is an excellent time to plant and transplant shrubs, perennials, and even trees.  I mention this because many nurseries, garden centers, and plant outlets have end of the season sales in September or October.  In fact, I was in a local nursery just this week and they are a couple of days into a 25% to 50% sale, so now I have a few permanent shrubs to replace the summer flowering annuals that are beginning to look a bit ragged.

The next few weeks are one of the best times to give some attention to the lawn.  For example, if you need to seed or sod a new lawn, do it now.  Likewise, either September or October are good months to feed the lawn with a Fall or Winter type of lawn food.  Fertilizing the lawn at this time of year encourages deeper root development and a healthier, easier to maintain lawn.  I don’t recommend aerating the lawn in the fall.  The reason is that it takes too long for the lawn to recuperate and during that time you are stuck with a very ugly lawn.  Do it in the spring instead.

Want to enjoy the beauty of tulips, daffodils, and all the other spring flowering bulbs?  Fall is the time you select and plant them.  As such, selections of colors and varieties are at their best right now.  As a rule, bulbs are planted three times the greatest diameter of the bulb.  Add a little bulb fertilizer at planting time.

In our garden, a few leaves are already beginning to fall off of surrounding trees, so be certain to add them to the compost pile or send them off to be recycled.  If the leaves are not diseased, they can also be used as mulch or dig them into the soil in your vegetable garden and let nature compost them naturally over winter.

Just a little time spent in the garden this fall can make a major difference in the appearance of your lawn and garden this fall and next season.  For more gardening information on fall garden projects,  log on to http://www.humeseeds.com, or check us out on Facebook under Ed Hume Seeds.

Have a great start to your week and we will see you back on Wednesday.

Best wishes,

Ed

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