Tips to help get your own garden prepared for fall, consisting of gardening and landscape tips
Tips below will help you get your own garden prepared for bed. However before you start, bear in mind the birds and useful insects.
For a wildlife-friendly garden, cut down plants that have had disease problems however leave some stems and seed heads that will provide food and shelter for birds.
For a pollinator-friendly garden, leave or create some environment. Main shelter sources for pollinators consist of stems and branches, trees, shrubs and wildflowers, leaf litter, undisturbed ground, bare ground, dead wood, brush stacks and rock piles. Much of these functions can be integrated into your landscape in an attractive manner. Consider it a design obstacle! Keeping such features, instead of ‘cleaning’ them all away will assist you attract and support a diversity of beneficial pests to your landscape and garden while providing food sources for birds and other wildlife.
In the vegetable garden and orchard:
Secure tomatoes from frost or choose mature green tomatoes to ripen inside your home.
Harvest potatoes when the tops wane, shop in a dark place at around 40 degrees.
Bring up all dead vegetable plant material, leaves and stems, and compost healthy product.
Dig and divide rhubarb.
Spread compost or mulch on top of your vegetable garden.
Prune out dead fruiting walking canes in raspberries.
Display tracking berries for leaf and walking cane spot.
As needed, use copper spray for peach and cherry trees.
Harvest and store apples, keep at 40 degrees, moderate humidity. Do NOT store apples with potatoes.
In the landscape: