Preparing Your Plants and Trees for Fall Weather

A brick and wood suburban home backyard garden with colorful autumn trees

As summer fades away and the days become cooler, your garden needs more attention. Although fall is a time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin picking, and hot apple cider, our plants and trees also deserve thoughtful care during this transition. 

With this fall plant care guide, you’ll have all the tools you need to help your garden flourish as we enter into autumn. Follow Freddy & Co.’s tips on how to get your garden ready for the cooler months and give your plants the love and care they need!

Plant Selection

Fall is the ideal time to take your garden to the next level. Start by selecting plants that thrive in cooler temperatures and will add beauty to your landscape during this season. Some of our favorite fall-friendly plants include ornamental kale, pansies, mums, asters, dianthus, sedum and grasses. 

Care and Maintenance

Once you’ve selected your plants, it’s time to provide the care they need for optimal health. First, make sure that each plant is planted in well-draining soil. Add fresh compost or fertilizer to give them a boost of nutrition and help promote strong root growth. Remove spent flowers and dead leaves to keep the garden looking tidy and attractive.

Water Wisely

Adjust your watering routine to reflect the changing climate. While plants may not require as much water as during the heat of summer, they still need adequate hydration to thrive through fall. Water deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth.

Mulching Matters

Apply a fresh layer of mulch around the base of your plants and trees. Mulch acts as a protective barrier, conserving soil moisture, regulating temperature, and preventing weed growth.

Bring in Tender Plants

As temperatures drop, bring any tender plants indoors that may be sensitive to cold weather. This includes tropical plants like ferns, begonias and palms that will benefit from the warmth of a home. Place your plants in a well-lit area away from cold drafts and direct sunlight. 

Protect Outdoor Plants

If you’re leaving plants outdoors, take steps to protect them from the chill. Mulching helps insulate roots and soil temperatures. Cover tender plants with frost cloth when overnight temperatures drop below freezing. Prune trees and shrubs to evenly distribute energy and encourage healthy growth.

These simple steps will ensure that your garden is ready for the cooler months ahead. With a little preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your garden all season long! 

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