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Five Things You Should Be Doing In Your Fall Garden

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Tuesday, 12 September , 2023

Fall is finally here!  If your idea of fall includes pumpkin spice drinks, crisp autumn leaves, and the smell of woodsmoke from fireplaces, chances are you did not grow up in southern California!  Even here, however, we have some fall tasks that require us to work outdoors.  Our lawns and gardens need particular care during this transitional time, even if our winters are not as cold as other locations.  Here are five things you should do to prepare your garden for the fall season, even if you do not plan on growing fall crops.

  • Pull weeds. It is a great idea to remove your spent summer plants before they go to seed.  A little weeding now will prevent a lot of work later, if those plants do root and take hold.  However, a few crops should be left to go to seed, because this can attract beneficial insects as well as provide ground cover for your beds.  Which ones you choose will depend on your preference, but a bit of research can tell you which are most likely to help your garden.  Some plants, if left to seed, may return next year with fruit, while some will simply become weeds that must be taken out eventually. 
  • Add compost. You probably cannot add too much compost to your garden. Every time you add this rich, moist, organic soil, you are beefing up the quality of your beds.  Plants require nutrition, and compost provides it in the purest form possible.  You can buy organic compost, but why not make this the year you start creating your own?  A small area is big enough to make compost, and your garden will thank you with abundant crops and beautiful plants.
  • Amend your soil. Even if you add compost regularly, your soil is likely to need the addition of a good organic fertilizer to give you the results you want from your flowers and garden plants.  A great way to give your beds that extra boost is to schedule the application of a quality fertilizer.  Regular applications will keep your plants healthy and beautiful, and will actually lessen your overall workload by cutting down on plant problems.
  • Aerate your soil. A great way to aerate your beds is to use a broad fork.  When you broad fork your beds, you help the soil to loosen, eliminating compaction and allowing air and water to reach your plants.  Soil can easily become compacted, so it is important to do this regularly to maximize your plant’s ability to take up nutrients from the soil.
  • As with compost, it is hard to use too much mulch.  Most people do not use nearly enough!  Mulch is the gardener’s best friend, holding in moisture to keep watering needs low while protecting the soil from erosion and keeping plants warm during the cooler months.  Fall is a great time to add a large layer of mulch to your beds.

If you are looking for help with your lawn and garden, Juniper Landscape Company is here for you!  From design to construction to maintenance, we help San Diego home and business owners build and maintain beautiful lawns and gardens.  Give us a call today to learn how we can help you!


Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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