By: Mitchell Knapp on September 19th, 2014
Can’t wait to see your flowers add color to your garden or lawn? Then be sure to plant their bulbs as early as now. Flowers like crocuses, irises, and tulips actually need the winter freeze to start their growing process, so autumn is actually the ideal season to plant them. However, be sure to do so while the temperature is still in the forties and fifties, not when the ground is already frozen.
Feed Your Grass
It’s not just plants and flowers you’ll be saying “goodbye” to come winter; you’ll be bidding adieu to your turf grass as well. Unlike the former two, though, grass continues to grow roots until around 40 degrees. If you apply a high phosphorus mix (about a 12-25-12 ratio) in the fall, they green up faster in the spring.
Grow Some Greens
Like tree leaves, most flowers will start wilting once the colder days of fall arrive. If you need a cure for your gardening itch, though, why not plant vegetables instead? Indeed, many vegetables are hardy enough to withstand lower temperatures, and some need only a few weeks before they’re ready for harvest–radishes, for example, need just 25 days. This informative article from Better Homes and Gardens has some advice to help you get started:
You’ll probably grow most of the vegetables for your fall garden from seed. Use the extra seeds you didn’t plant in the spring or purchase new ones. Happily, many garden centers put their seeds on discount late in the season, so you might be able to save a lot of money by growing vegetables in fall.
The basics of starting with seeds are the same in autumn as in spring — use a high-quality seed-starting mix for best results. If you reuse the containers you used for your seeds in spring, be sure to wash them in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water to kill any disease organisms that might be lurking about.
If you want more gardening tips for the fall, be sure to contact a trusted landscaping company in NJ. With their help, you can better maximize the last few months of the gardening season.
(Source: Fall Vegetable Gardening, Better Homes and Gardening)