Fall is a beautiful season; the colors are stunning, the weather is still relatively warm, and the garden still has a few months of life left before everything hibernates for winter. However, most people don’t enjoy fall because it’s such a busy time of year. School starts again, the holidays are about to start, and everyone is just so busy that they don’t have time to clean their immaculate gardens. As a result most people end up with a garden that they have to clear in the spring. You can prevent the worst of the spring cleaning by using these tips to stop fall from taking over your garden.
Clear the leaves
It might be tempting to just leave the fallen leaves in your garden to decompose, but you’ll be causing yourself more work in the spring. Allowing thick piles of leaves to gather on your lawn will prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, therefore suffocating it. Leaving leaves for even just three weeks, may be enough to damage your grass and leave a muddy mess. Instead, you can rake up a few piles under the hedges to make shelter for wildlife, and use the rest to make a leaf mould.
Check your pool
When you used your pool throughout the summer, you probably spent most mornings cleaning out debris, leaves, and other things that had fallen into it throughout the night since you were using it regularly. Now that the weather isn’t as pleasant, it might be best to just cover up the pool and leave it there until spring. Before you do so, however, make sure it’s still in good condition. You should use pool leak detection to make sure your pool will still have water in spring, check for any broken tiles, and you can do one last check of the pH balance. If you’re expecting harsh conditions in winter, it might be best to close your pool altogether once it gets too cold to swim.
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Spring clean your greenhouse
Fall is actually the best time for spring cleaning your greenhouse; since you’ve probably harvested most of your produce, you might as well tidy up what’s left in the greenhouse to help reduce overwintering pests and diseases. Remove the plants before sweeping out any plant debris. Disinfect the greenhouse paths and staging, and the inside of the glass too, just remember to ventilate the greenhouse for the next few days so it dries properly.
Tidy your borders
As the garden starts to lose some of its lustre, it’s the perfect time to move poorly placed plants, or adjust anything that you didn’t get right the first time while the soil is still warm. This is also the best time to dig up any annual flowers; they tend to struggle in the winter months and can be a real liability to maintain during the fall, so they will be more useful in the compost pile.
Gardens might die during during fall, but it shouldn’t cause more work for you in spring.
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