Fall Garden Preparation
Prep the garden now to make this coming spring breezier.
by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent
While many people in Louisville save most of their garden work for the spring and summer, fall offers a jump on preparation. While perfect for vegetables and fruit, flower beds will reap nutritional benefits too. This fall, give your backyard some preparation, and see if you enjoy this coming spring even more!
- Clear all plant material and debris. You don't want hiding places for pesky insects and disease.
- Trim back and prune perennials. Remove annuals.
- Feed your soil with compost. The soil will soak in and reap the nutritional benefits all winter long. Dig down into the earth, spreading a layer of compost and covering with the extra soil. Rake-in some of those fallen leaves as well for an extra boost.
- Plant cover crops- think of these as food for the soil. Oat, rye and wheat grass roots will hold in some nitrogen which could be lost in rain/melted snow runoff. Perfect for any pet cats to snack on as well!
- Cover your fully-fed soil with mulch to protect existing roots and lock in nutrients for a nice soil balance come spring.