Autumn Gardening Planner
Time to spruce up your garden and take care of these fall gardening chores to help make next growing season a bit easier.
Trade out your tired patio tomatoes and peppers for cool season spinach, lettuces, kale and parsley. Mix them with pansies for an edible fall container planting, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co.
- Prepare beds for spring planting.
- Plant spring bulbs, except tulips, in beds and lawns.
- Plant containers and baskets for winter color.
- Take hardwood cuttings.
- Sow sweet peas for an early display the following year.
- Plant wallflowers for spring color.
- Bring houseplants back indoors, checking for pests and diseases first.
- Protect slightly tender exotics from frost by wrapping in fleece.
- Cover slightly tender perennials with a thick mulch of straw or bark chippings.
- Move tender dahlia tubers and cannas inside.
- Turf or sow lawns.
- Apply a fall lawn fertilizer to established lawns.
- Lay chamomile lawns.
- Make a woodpile shelter for wildlife.
- Prune hedges for the last time.
As summer is winding down and garden pots are vacated, stack them up and use them as sculptural accessories. They can be strikingly beautiful, even empty. You could tuck a pinecone, mini pumpkin or gourd inside as well. Get more fall porch decorating ideas >>
Window Box Stars
Nothing ups the fall curb appeal quite like window boxes filled with lush, colorful blooms. Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines filled this client's planter with soft-hued fall favorites like dusty miller, ornamental kale, cabbage, pansies and English ivy.
Until First Frost
Many popular summer blooms can pull double duty in fall containers. This gorgeous hanging bakset, filled with dichondra 'Silver Falls,' 'Blue A Fuse' petunias and 'Breathless White' Euphorbia, will stay full and pretty until first frost.
You can't go wrong with classic white and green blooms artfully arranged in high-end lattice-work planters. Pro tip: if your shady front porch isn't flower-friendly, pair low-maintenance shade plants like evergreen shrubs and English ivy with a handful of faux blooms that will stay gorgeous all season long.
- Plant shrubs, roses, trees, hedges, climbers and fruit bushes.
- Plant tulips.
- Sow broad beans.
- Plant onions and garlic.
- Grow trees from seed.
- Indoors, plant amaryllis bulbs and prepared hyacinths and narcissi.
- Trim late-flowering shrubs to reduce winter wind damage.
- Rake up fallen leaves and compost.
Any Time of Year
- Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
- Make a wooden obelisk.
- Create a bog garden.
- Dig out a pond.
- Make a border and lawn edge.
- Make a rose arch.
- Check tree ties, and loosen if necessary.
- Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
- Cut out dead or diseased wood.
- Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.