As the weather cools and fantasy football leagues are established, fall garden care and the big game can compete for your time on Sunday afternoons. On one hand, there’s a strong desire to camp out in front of the TV with a platter of dips and a cozy blanket, but you know that the garden needs attention as well.
If you need to be in an office or any other work setting during the week, its hard to squeeze gardening duties AND football into your schedule for the weekend. Wagners fall garden cleanup ideas give you five easy ways to get your lawn and garden in shape without sacrificing crucial game time.
Add these simple ideas to your fall garden cleanup checklist and make the most out of every (football) Sunday!
5 Easy fall garden ideas to tackle between games:
1. Plant a row of quick-maturing fall veggies
It’s hard to say goodbye to your personal backyard farmers market as the weather cools. Get your garden tools and soil ready so you can squeeze in a quick planting session on Sunday during game time.
Tip: Kale, arugula, garlic, lettuce and radishes are all great, quick-maturing options that can tolerate cooler weather so you can maximize your fresh produce availability.
2. Consider winterizing your lawn
While you might not be able to tackle the entire project of winterizing your lawn during the game, you can get the aeration and fertilizing done in one Sunday afternoon and save the rest for later. Aerating your lawn is best to do in fall and this fall garden care tip will ensure your lawn thrives over the dormant season.
Tip: Pick a fertilizer that has moderate nitrogen levels and high potassium for strong root growth.
3. Give fall beds a quick face-lift
Now is the time to embrace fall garden ideas and renovate your fall beds for the season! Beds and containers can reflect the autumn season with simple additions of colorful florals.
Tip: Choose plants that like cool weather such as pansies, mammoth mums, flowering kale, fall grasses, golden yellow celosia and ornamental peppers.
4. Plant fall bulbs for early spring color
Get a head start on spring planting now to be one of the first to experience the joy of color after a long winter! Learn how with this quick bulb planting how-to.
Tip: The best bulbs to plant in fall are tulips, daffodils and crocus.
5. Bring your houseplants indoors
Houseplants are lucky to get a summer vacation spent outdoors to soak up optimum sunlight and embrace their growing season. As football season starts and the temperatures drop, it’s important to adjust them back to indoor life to avoid frostbite or shock.
Tip: Be sure to check and treat them for insects. If you do find any sneaky houseplant pests, quickly isolate it from the rest of your plants and begin to treat with neem oil or a similar, non-toxic pesticide asap.
If you simply couldn’t care less about football season and are eager to get ahead on your fall garden ideas and garden cleanup checklist, stop in to either of our Wagners locations this season! Our friendly staff are ready to help you with any gardening needs so you’re in tip top shape. Call or visit Wagners Greenhouse today.