Garden tips for fall

Keeping your plants and garden healthy for the following year
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 11:21 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With summer wrapping up and fall beginning shortly, Williams Flower Co & Greenhouses in Grand Island has helpful tips on keeping plants and gardens healthy heading into colder weather.

For a garden, start by cleaning up anything dead on the ground: leaves, twigs, anything that has fallen from plants, or dead items on the plants. It’s a good idea to take it bit-by-bit rather than work on every task at once. The more prep work that can be done during the off-season the more productive and healthy spring season you can expect.

“Make sure that you’re taking all of your leaves out and I’d suggest not trying to do it all at once if you have a lot to do," Thad Nobles with Williams Flower said. "Walk your gardens, walk your flower beds once a week, just take care of things a little bit at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed with it.”

Raking debris around plants is also a good idea as it can prevent pests and diseases in plants. To give plants and the garden an extra layer of protection, consider composting and laying it on the bed of the garden.

If plants are being moved inside make sure to place them in a location they’ll receive sunlight and give them the correct amount of water the plant may need. Acquiring a systemic pest control machine can also be beneficial to keep any pests away from the plants.

After the first hard frost of the year is when perennials should be cut back and removed.

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