Wow! Is Fall here already? Where did summer go? What does Fall remind you of? Pumpkins, Halloween, Pumpkin Festivals colorful leaves. Also the trees dress at their best with beautiful multi-colors, with their vivid color they look magnificent. Here in the Hudson area, you can admire and enjoy a fall Foliage ride, rows of colorful trees every where you go; the sight gives inspiration and sense of peace and happiness.
Fall Clean Up
Fall reminds us of some chores that we have to do before Winter sets.
- Cleaning your vegetable garden,getting rid of of plants that finish producing. Put your dead plant in the compost just be careful not to put disease plant in the compost, put them in the garbage.
- Prepare your perennials and shrubs for the cold weather. Put mulch, I use newspapers to wrap my roses at the base and shrubs, I also cover them with plastic for them to survive the bitter cold wind.
I just read in Rodales that is not good idea to trim in the fall, but wait till the plants are dormant, to avoid bugs settling in your plants. Wait till Winter is already settled, or wait till early Spring. I am glad I read that because I was getting ready to trim my roses. Raking the leaves. When raking the leaves, put in your compost, use them to cover your plants, I put around the base of the trees, shrubs, roses as a extra protection.
Make sure you clean your tools thoroughly using warm soapy watter, and a little bleach, wipe your tools every time you prune that way you do not spread disease from plant to plant. Above all do not forget to dry your tools, taking care of your tools is very important-they will last longer.
Hint: This is the best time to plant garlic.