The summer has been long and hot, and you’re probably ready to stop caring for your garden.
But the effort you put in at the end of the summer as fall arrives will ensure that next year’s garden is healthy and thriving.
Do’s and Don’ts for the End-of-Summer Garden:
- Do start a compost pile if you don’t already have one.
- Do add pest- and disease-free trimmings to your compost pile.
- Do save seeds from your summer garden.
- Do order spring-flowering bulbs for fall planting.
- Do pot your herbs in containers to store over the winter indoors.
- Do cut back summer flowers to get a late bloom before cooler weather hits.
- Do take stock of what worked and what didn’t in your garden this year. Make notes so you remember when it comes time for planting again.
- Don’t be hasty. It’s tempting to put in cool-weather plants and annuals right now, but it will generally be too hot for them to thrive. Wait a few weeks for the temperatures to cool off and you and your plants will be happy campers.
- Don’t over-fertilize, especially with nitrogen. Nitrogen encourages new growth, which can be severely damaged if your area has an early frost.
- Don’t ignore any signs of disease. End-of-season plants are tired and stressed, which is an open invitation to pests and disease. Treat the plant with the recommended herbicide or insecticide or remove the plant and dispose of it properly.