Summer’s End: Preparing Your Garden for the Onset of Autumn

AutumnSummer is about to end, which means it’s important to start preparing your garden for autumn. The change of season may be slow and gradual, but its effects on your plants, particularly any produce that you’ve been taking care of this summer, can be huge. You may lose out on choice vegetables if you don’t take measures to frostproof your garden.

Leaves and Fungus

The weather may not be turning cold yet, but the leaves may already start dropping to the ground. Though this event may seem harmless, it’s a good idea to dispose them properly, as the interim between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn is also around the same time fungi start becoming active. They thrive on rotting leaves, and you may even carry on leftover fungus if you don’t dispose of them properly.

Make sure you dispose of the leaves properly and get rid of any budding fungi. You can do this by raking them from the ground itself, or even burning them up. The former is arguably more efficient as you’ll be getting rid of them from their ‘roots’.

Preparing the Lawn

It’s also a good idea to start preparing the lawn for the upcoming seasons, particularly winter and spring. Get rid of weeds, as they can survive through winter and leaving too many of them means more of them thriving during spring when they are more difficult to get rid of.

Any plant that you’re planning to dispose of should be turned into compost, so you’ll have an easier time planting and growing your autumn crops and plants. Not only is this a more practical way to get rid of your dead and decaying plants, but they also help feed the soil and make it more habitable even during the harsher months.

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Frostproofing Your Plants

frost plantsAs autumn draws to a close, your plants become more prone to frost damage. Ice crystals start forming on the ground and other surfaces, and they are particularly harmful to plants and produce, as they prevent the latter from consuming water. If the leaves start turning black and brown, or start looking shriveled, they’re already experiencing considerable frost damage.

Even before autumn arrives (and winter to an extent), you should start covering your plants after the sun sets. Doing this helps them retain heat even when the temperature starts dropping and frost starts building up everywhere. You can use different materials to cover your plants and produce, even plastic, but make sure to get rid of them when the sun rises as it can potentially ‘cook’ them when the heat starts to rise.

Preparing your garden for autumn is important to make sure your plants and produce survive once temperatures start dropping. You’ll also avoid frost damage, which can be detrimental to both the plants and soil in your garden.