Your 2021 Albuquerque Fall Gardening Game Plan – Ready, Set, Go!

Your 2021 Albuquerque Fall Gardening Game Plan - Ready, Set, Go by R & S Landscaping 505-271-8419

Fall is here and that means it is a great time to build wonderful colors like orange, yellow and light green into your Albuquerque Garden or landscaping this fall. Fall gardening is fun, beautiful when it comes to fruition, and it will make your home look stunning.

Growing Garden Vegetables in the Fall

For the uninitiated in fall vegetable gardening, now is a great time to start planting for a fall vegetable harvest, as well as preparing your garden for next spring. There are plenty of tasks to plan for regarding your fall garden. Featured below is how you can prepare your garden and landscaping.

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 gardening tasks you can complete immediately to make your Albuquerque fall garden do well.

Plants are fragile, so they need the right kind of care as the seasons transition from summer to fall and then winter. Caring for them properly now will keep them from drying out and allow them to achieve new growth. There are several actions that can be take now to get your garden ready so when the weather cools off significantly it will not impact your plants negatively.

Cold Weather Garden Overwintering

Overwintering the term that covers all the tasks a home gardener needs to complete to take care of their garden before fall turns into winter and the weather becomes super cold. This may involve covering plants, removing them, and taking them inside or providing an outdoor structure to keep them from the cold.

Overwintering Tasks:

  • Remove herbs and bring them inside
  • Care for bulb inventory by holding during the winter in a moisture free, cool location in your home.
  • Allow flowering bushes to lose their plumes naturally. Do not prune them as it may wreck the following year’s growth and blooming

If the year’s first frost has not occurred, do not begin overwintering now. Instead, complete fall garden upkeep now, which will assist you in getting ready for overwintering when it’s time.

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
  • Green beans

Fantastic 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.

In Conclusion

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 each year 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.