Top Fall Tasks

Posted by gardensoul on October - 1 - 2014

AspenFall is my favorite season. The changing leaves, a nip in the air and the fall mums and asters blooming in my garden.  As the weather turns cool, I’m reminded it’s time to fertilize your Kentucky bluegrass lawn.  This application is the most important for your grass. It builds the root system over the winter and you won’t need to fertilize again until next May or June.  Some considerations for an October-November fertilization; the grass is still green and it is at least two to three weeks before the ground begins to freeze in your area. Read the CSU Extension Fact Sheet about lawn care.  Winterize your sprinkler system to prevent pipe and faucet splitting. Wrap the faucets you will use for fall and winter watering. Wanting more spring color in your garden? There is still time to plant spring bulbs and corms. Get all the facts in the Fall-Planted Bulbs and Corms fact sheet. Add mulch to your flower and vegetable garden now to help counteract the freeze-thaw of our variable winter temperatures. And  fall is the only safe time to apply fresh manure as it will age over the winter.  Mid-October is your last chance to plant cover crop seeds in your garden. I’ve already planted in a new garden area and now I want to add some to my raised vegetable garden bins. This is the one time I bag my grass clippings where I have leaves. It’s a lot easier than raking and by cutting up the leaves, it makes a great addition to my compost pile. Read about composting your fall leaves. Cleanup your vegetable beds and dispose of any diseased plant material. Note where you planted tomatoes and peppers and plant these crops in a new location next spring. Don’t forget to plant garlic. Visit garden centers for hard-neck garlic. It is much better than using garlic from the grocery. There are two schools of thought on trimming perennial beds; clean up now or wait. Colorado winters can enhance the subtle beauty of a perennial border if you leave stems and stalks in place until early spring before cutting them to the ground. A thorough cutback in February or March, with a good top dressing of compost or mellowed manure, is all most standard perennials need to add years of beauty to your garden.