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Albuquerque Fall Gardening Strategies – Part Two

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Fall Gardening Strategies

When fall time approaches the weather changes and temperatures drop off it’s time to start planning what you’re going to do to get your garden ready for next year. There are several tasks you can complete immediately to make your garden do well.

Plant Moisture Maintenance Strategy

Maintain plant moisture by adding an additional mulch layer everywhere your garden’s drip line emits water. During the fall water evaporation is a big problem. Adding mulch to the soil throughout your garden or landscaping along its drip line watering points will assist keeping soil moist. Mulch keeps the ground from freezing and thawing, which can literally push plants out of the ground and bring your garden’s plants to their demise.

Garden Mulch Budgeting

Mulching is expensive. Make certain you review your finances to see if you have the necessary money on hand to pay for the expense. Typically, it costs from $250 to $1500 to mulch and entire yard, predicated on how big of yard you have at your home.

Fall Garden Crops

Gardening doesn’t stop when the summer draws to a close. Regular gardening tasks should continue including getting rid of weeds, watering and planting. It turns out that fall is a fantastic time to plant new plants and work at keeping up your garden.  During the fall it’s a better planting time than the springtime. The springtime involves waiting for the weather to warm up so planting can commence. When its fall the ground is warm and ready for planting. Winter may be just around the corner, but if you plant on time early enough in the fall you have a chance at a seeing a nice crop come in to enjoy.

Vegetables do great during the cool fall weather. Planting needs to be completed in by the middle of August to provide the top opportunity for your garden to produce a fall vegetable crop. Here ‘s a list of vegetables to plant for a fall vegetable crop:

  • Cauliflower
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Greenbeans

Great Fall Flower Selection

Best Fall Flowers

For folks with a flower garden in August, it is the best time of year to plant the wonder fall colors that look so great during that time of year. Using your garden as an artist’s pallet by planting colorful flowers with a wide range of color hues including yellow, red and orange is fun to do and it ends up being so enjoyable when the end results are beautiful blooming flowers.

Fall gardening is not trouble and should not be a cumbersome decision on whether to plant or not. It’s a great time to plant, garden and enjoy, even if it’s going to get cold sooner than later.

Chrysanthemums are a fantastic choice for fall flower garden planting. The look amazing and are a strong plant that can handle the change in the weather. Done correctly, fall flowers are fun to plant, look amazing and worth the effort. Another plant to consider planting are ornamental grasses. They are hardy and look so beautiful during the fall.  

Springtime Garden Preparation in the Fall

It may be late summer now but mapping out a plan on what you are going to plant in the spring is just around the corner. Part of that plan you can complete now is planting spring flower bulbs in the fall so they can bloom when it warms up in the spring. Spring bulbs need to be planted in the fall when it’s cooler so they can go through dormancy. Planting bulbs in the fall provides the needed time they need to do well in the springtime.

Summing it All Up

It may appear that a garden is just a summer home endeavor, but the fact is that a garden needs maintenance throughout the year. Plant vegetables and fall color flowers in mid to late August so you can enjoy them when fall arrives. Be sure to get your garden ready for the winter and the coming spring by using the strategies provide here.