We are still in the midst of summer and here we are talking about wrapping up your summer garden. Being prepared is always a great thing. A good end-of-season cleanup is a great first step for the new season.
Remove Dead Plants, Diseased Plants, and Weeds
Not all plants grow healthy. Some might have died or have been infected with the disease. Remove the dead plants and add them to your compost bin. You can also start deadheading the wilted blooms.
For diseased plants, separate and place them in a bag. Throw them out to avoid cross-contaminating other plants.
Remove weeds to prepare your garden for the autumn season.
Clean Your Garden Pots and Planters and Tools
After clearing dead plants and diseased plants, this is also the best time for you to clean your pots and planters. Give them a good spray of water. For some materials like fiberglass, you can give them a good polish using wax if you want them shiny.
Clean Your Tools
You probably don’t clean your gardening tools often. Clean and do maintenance on your garden tools from time to time and they will serve you for years, even decades. Give your digging tools a good wash. Make sure to dry them out before storing them to avoid rust. For tools with moving parts like your garden shears, give them a good cleaning to remove sap and other foreign stuff. When that’s done, oil them up.
Review and Plan out
Summer flowers are out. Autumn flowers like begonias, salvias, and daisies will bloom soon. Plan out your garden for autumn. Decide on what plants you are going to grow for the Autumn season. As you choose your plants, think of what garden theme you would go for.
Fruits may begin to fall in the upcoming season so make sure to keep your ground tidy, especially around your fruit-bearing trees. Make sure to collect fallen fruits before it rots and invite insects or diseases.
Enjoy the final mowing of your lawn. When is the final mow? As soon as the grass stops growing. Mowing lawn before winter prevents mold fungus. Keep your grass in check before the cold weather hits.
Do you have any questions or want to share other tips for wrapping up your garden for the end of summer? Let us know in the comments.