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It's time to succumb to fall weather. Let's get your yard set up for next year!
To Do List
1. Add seed to lawns. Make sure you keep the ground moist at this time, so keep up on watering daily until germination. Try your best to keep leaves off the seed until they've sprouted.
2. Get all the debris out of your vegetable garden. If you have some cool-season veggies growing, you're fine even up until a few frosts. Just make sure as soon as a plant is ripe, it's outta there!
3. Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. So if you're planning to add more shrubbery, do it now. Just keep them watered.
4. Bulbs can be planted at this time: tulips, iris and crocus will brighten up any garden.
5. Divide your perennials.
Here's a list of tips for dividing your perennials:
1. Divide the perennials when the plants are looking full and lush but before they start to show signs of overcrowding.
2. Divide when the weather is not overly warm. Plants establish more quickly in the soil when they aren’t under stress.
3. Lift the plant from the soil with as little root disruption as possible. The roots are just about the size of the plant above-ground. Start digging with a shovel around the soil at the edge of where you think the roots are and then around the perimeter of the roots. Gently lift the plant from the bottom of the roots.
4. Shake off the soil and look at the roots. Are they entangled? Are they easy to separate? Use your hands or two garden forks to gently pry the roots apart. If the roots are strongly tangled into clumps, you can use a garden saw (just know this might cause damage to the plant).
5. Remove any debris or diseased leaves. If any parts of the plant looks unhealthy, dispose of them. For best results, add compost and manure into the soil to where you're moving your plant and give the soil a good turning so that it continues to be healthy, light, and well draining.
6. Plant a healthy-looking section of plant back into the space that you removed the larger clump from. Backfill the area with soil and water it well.
7. The remaining sections can be planted in the garden right away or potted up to be given away.
A lush and healthy looking garden is a great selling point for your home, so keep it maintained!
Kyle is a licensed Realtor/Broker and co-owner of the Realty Edge Team, brokered by eXp Realty. He founded the Realty Edge Team in 2011 along with Dan Kingsley. At age 26, he received the prestigious ....
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