Fall is a wonderful time for planting – perfect for tucking in spring-flowering bulbs, trees and cool-season vegetables and colorful annual flowers including pansies, calendula, nemesia, ornamental cabbage, primrose and snapdragons! Performing just a few of these fall garden chores will make a huge difference next season!
Veggies: As you pull out early-summer crops, replace them with beets, broccoli, carrots, chard, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, radishes, spinach and turnips. Most will be ready to harvest in late autumn. Find seeds and transplants at Evergreen now.
Cover Crop: If you aren’t planting cool weather vegetables this year, consider planting a cover crop where you’ve pulled out your summer plants. Overwinter crops like fava beans, Austrian peas, purple vetch and crimson clover replace the nitrogen consumed by the vegetables, prevents erosion and improves overall soil fertility and structure. Another great way to build your soil is by adding compost and soil conditioner such as GreenAll Soil Booster from E.B. Stone Organics as you plant.
Containers: Plant up pots for colorful displays that shine in the depths of winter. We carry a full range of decorative pots and the plants to fill them – come on in and we’ll help! A good mix for container plantings is Edna’s Best Potting Soil by E.B. Stone Organics.
E.B. Stone OrganicsClean up debris: To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves and compost all but diseased or chemically treated plants. Keep up with fallen leaves and other debris before the rains come – as we hope they will!
Divide perennials: If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies and penstemon are overgrown and so crowded they’re not flowering well, it’s time to dig and divide them. Use a spading fork or shovel to lift clumps, gently pull or cut them into sections and replant them in well-amended soil. Keep them moist while new roots develop.Bonide weed and feed
Fertilize: Your last feeding of the season should be happening now. Use fertilizers low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium, such as E.B. Stone Organics UltraBloom 0-10-10.
Lawn Care: Rake out thatch buildup to improve water penetration and reduce places for insects to hide. Feed fescue and other cool-season turf grasses with a complete lawn fertilizer, such as Bonide’s Premium Lawn Food, Weed & Feed or Winterize. Let us help you pick the right product for your needs.
Control Weeds: It’s so important to make every attempt to stay on top of weeds! Get help with products like Bonide Weed Beater Ultra and spot-treat with Bonide KleenUp.