Top Tips for Fall Garden Care in Ann Arbor
Wouldn’t it be great if cool fall temperatures meant that our garden maintenance duties were finished? After all, we were out there all summer weren’t we? Watering, weeding, under the blistering sun. We deserve a break, don’t we?
Our landscapes are a true testament to our commitment as homeowners. We get out of them what we put in. There are some gardeners, bless them, who call it quits halfway through September. Go ahead, look around, they aren’t hard to find. If you don’t have time to look now, don’t fret, the results of their early exit will be visible not just this fall, but all next year as well.
Maintaining a garden is like growing a plant from seed. The rewards don’t come at the same time as the work. And it is what we do now, in the fall, that sets the tone for how our landscaping grows into next year.
No one understands the importance of fall landscape upkeep more than your friends at Lotus Gardenscapes. Over the years, we’ve designed and maintained some absolutely gorgeous landscaped spaces, and we pride ourselves on helping not just customers, but people from all over the Ann Arbor area enjoy the simple pleasures of a beautiful outdoor space.
So without further ado, here are our top tips for keeping your landscape healthy this fall, and give it a head start in the spring.
Cutback Perennials and Ornamental Grasses
Winter is tough on plants, nutrients are in low supply and they can’t afford to waste energy. That makes fall the perfect time to deadhead and cut back on some of those plants on those perennials and ornamental grasses that could benefit from having fewer branches to feed.
What you choose to cut back and leave is important. While we’d ideally like to conserve energy for all our plants, we should also take into account that plants have a more difficult time healing over the fall and winter. Take special care, especially with trees or thick bushes, where cutting them back could endanger them over the long winter.
Prepping Your Beds for Winter
Keep it clean. No, we aren’t talking about the language you use while on Zoom calls. We’re talking about refuse.
Bed winterization is key for vegetable beds and flower beds. Proper winterization clears the bed of dead plants, problem insects, and diseased plants in one fell swoop.
Just make sure you burn any diseased plants and don’t add them to your compost pile, where diseases like to spread.
Weeding & Mulching
For the same reason we cut back, we want to make sure our fall gardens are free from weeds. Weeds consume valuable resources and compete with the healthy plants and grasses we’re trying to encourage.
Additionally, allowing weeds another season in your lawn gives them more time to spread seeds in an effort to continue their hostile takeover. Don’t let them.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Autumn
Fall sets the tone for the next growing year. What you do now, from removing leaves to deadheading perennials, even cleaning your tools, can have a huge effect on your landscape’s success next year, and with the lower temperatures, many homeowners find they prefer working outside in the fall.
If you’re in doubt over what to do to keep your landscaping looking healthy or you simply don’t have time, don’t forget that Lotus Gardenscapes offers a fall maintenance package. Scheduling can be done 100% online, and we’ll take care of everything you need.