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November 01, 2018 3 min read

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about how you can get your garden ready for fall and winter.

 

By Tony Schubert

Changing seasons can be a great opportunity to add new plants and colors to your garden.

Lower temperatures can do wonders for certain species such as beautiful hosta plants.

Follow our fall gardening tips to keep your garden looking beautiful throughout the colder months.

 

1.) Add Compost

Compost is a key ingredient for keeping your garden fresh and hydrated. Look for

bags of compost that have been kept in cool, shaded places and out of the beating

sun. Long exposure to sunlight can dry out compost over time. Dig up about 10

inches of your existing soil, breaking up rocks and huge clumps, and mix in some

fresh compost. Your plants will thank you as the colder weather starts rolling in.

 

2.) Have Enough Room to Grow

When you buy smaller plants, it can be tempting to clump them close together. But

you need to give them room to grow. The roots of a plant need plenty of space to

expand and firmly get a hold in the ground. Remember to take a look at the tag in

the nursery to get an idea of how large the plant will be when it reaches its full size.

 

3.) Water Before You Plant

A common mistake many gardeners make is not watering their plants before they

plant them in the ground. Soak them with water when they’re still in the containers

from the nursery. This helps new plants retain water so they can go into the ground

fresh and hydrated. They’ll spread their roots that much more quickly and easily.

watering plants

4.) Use Mulch

Mulch helps plants retain water, especially during the colder months. It also

prevents weeds, helping your garden stay clean and elegant. Spread 2 to 3 inches of

mulch on the ground around your plants. Do your best to avoid pilling the mulch

against stems, trunks and crowns. Too much contact with your plants can cause

them to rot.

 

5.) Buy Winter-Loving Plants

Plants that survive and thrive in winter will transform your garden into a year-

round sensation. Edibles such as lettuce, kale and broccoli do well in colder

temperatures and can even withstand the occasional frost. To add color and texture

to your garden, hosta plants are one of the most beautiful winter-loving plants

available. Our hosta farm in Vermont has a huge selection of hosta plants that will

keep your garden looking its best throughout fall and winter.

 

Kale

Photo: @lisaborden 

6.) Shrubs and Saplings

Fall is the best time to plant shrubs and tree saplings. Young shrubs and saplings

need to avoid the sweltering heat when they’re young. Colder weather gives them

the chance to firmly plant their roots and build a solid foundation from which to

grow. Check out Better Homes and Gardens’ Tips on How to Plant Container-Grown

Shrubs and Trees (http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/care/how-

to-plant-container-grown-trees–shrubs/) for more information.

 

7.) Trim Perennials

Perennial flowers and plants are a great addition to your garden. They may last

year-round, but with every changing season it’s important to give your perennials a

helping hand. As fall and winter come around, trim your perennials to help lighten

their load. They’ll have more energy and vitality to last another year. Plus, trimming

overgrown plants prevents nasty insect infestations and keeps your garden neat and

clean. Hop on over to Sunset for their list of the 20 Best Perennials for Fall

(http://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/best-perennials-fall-planting).

 

About Green Mountain Hosta:

Green Mountain Hosta is New England’s number-one hosta farm to find beautiful

hosta plants of all varieties. With stunning colors and plenty of shapes and sizes to

choose from, hosta plants will add some much-needed flavor to your garden this fall

season. Grab some today!

Hosta plants


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