10 Helpful Tips & Tricks to Prepare Your Garden for Fall & Winter Weather

We're only halfway through August, which means we still have plenty of time to enjoy outdoor activities and warmer weather. However, it's not too early to begin preparing for the cooler weather that is right around the corner. Here are some super quick tips and tricks to help you get your garden ready for the fall and early winter season.  

1. Out with the Old

Today is the day to get out there and dig up any summer bulbs so that you can make room for new cold-tolerant plants, flowers, and veggies. You can even store your summer bulbs in a container or paper bag filled with newspaper. Then place said container or bag in a dark and cool place to be saved for next spring.

2. In with the New

Just because a bit of cooler weather is on the way doesn't mean you have to avoid growing more gorgeous flowers and yummy veggies! Keep your garden colorful by planting Russian sages, perennial sunflowers, colchicums, autumn clematis, or red spider lilies to name just a few, since these are all capable of surviving the cooler temps coming our way. Broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, and beets are just a few examples of popular veggies that can grow and thrive in the fall season. 

3. Clean it Up

The transition between summer and fall is an excellent time to do some clean up in the garden! Remove damaged twigs and branches, get rid of diseased plants or flowers, gather all fallen fruit, and toss out any weeds or excess limbs. Be sure to compost whatever you can, but also make sure to keep the diseased plants, limbs, etc. separate from your compost!

4. Use a Garden Cart for Heavy Hauling

When planting new fall season flowers, picking weeds, and hauling compost out of your garden, it's best to use a garden cart to make the job a little easier. The rolling garden cart with 360 degree swivel seat allows you to sit comfortably as you work, plus it has a tray underneath to hold your gardening supplies. The utility cart with folding sides is perfect for hauling heavy loads of compost, fertilizer, and other gardening supplies. Our garden carts are simply here to help you take some of the work out of the yard work.

5. Plant Plenty of Trees and Shrubs

Fall is a perfect time to plant your favorite trees and shrubs. The best time to get these in the ground would be at the end of the month or early September.

6. Grow Your Own Fall-Themed Treats

Why not use the autumn season as a perfect opportunity to grow your favorite fall themed foods that double as decoration? Your yard full of pumpkins and squash will blend in well with the orange and red tones of the fall leaves. Plus, those pumpkins you've grown will make for great decorations and carving opportunities for the kids! Now that you're thinking of colorful autumn decor, check out these fall themed home decor ideas and vibrant DIY fall wreath ideas!

7.  Fertilize and Prepare Your Lawn

Everyone's lawn and garden is different, and fertilization methods and rules of thumb will be different depending upon where you live. But overall, fertilization is very important, and fall is the time to fertilize to help your grass store these nutrients through the colder weather and winter. That way when spring rolls around, your lawn will be mighty good looking. 

8. Illuminate with Solar Lights

With the fall season comes shorter days and the sun going down earlier than it did during those hot summer nights. Be prepared with solar lights that charge during the day via natural sunlight and illuminate your garden at night! 

9. Make Use of Garden Planters and Stands

The best part about our garden planters? They each have their own unique style and most of them can be used outside and inside. So when that chilly weather hits, you'll be prepared and can move some of those flowers and plants inside while still keeping that beautiful, elegant look of a well put together mini garden. Our new 4-tier ferris wheel plant and flower stand and 3-tier victorian plant and flower stand pictured here are just a few of many stands that are suitable for indoor and outdoor use!

10. Refresh Your Mulch and Amend Your Soil

Now be sure to check your mulch and make sure none of it is broken down. If it is, replenish your mulch in order to help your plants conserve water. Also, amend your soil and garden beds with compost you have saved from earlier in the year, even if this also means adding more soil.

Keep in mind that the timing of these tips and tricks may vary depending on where you live and what kinds of weather you experience each year! But no matter what, hopefully these tips are a wonderful guide to help you start preparing your garden for colder temps ahead!