I ran across a few notes I’d made of things to do in the garden this summer. Yikes! Time is running out for some of these so I thought I’d share, in case they’re on your list, too.
Have you taken pictures of your garden this year? You’ll be really happy to look at them again in February and remember summer. Pictures are a great way to admire and show off your hard work but they’re also a good learning tool. You’ll see your garden in a different light when you observe it in a photograph. You’ll notice plants you want to move or remove. You’ll see empty places where that perfect plant should go. You’ll look back over the years and see how the garden has matured. Haven’t we all said something like, “look how small the tree is” when looking at the family album? Get out the camera! You’ll be glad.
Dry and press flowers now if you’re going to be making potpourri or craft projects using flowers. I’ve made the mistake of waiting too long, only to have the best flowers disappear and the rest freeze. Potpourri is easy to make and it’s a wonderful gift for friends when put in a special container or small basket. Don’t forget to collect seedpods, too. Sweet Gum seeds make a wonderful addition to potpourri and the same goes for something as simple as an acorn. Berries add bright color. Look for orange Pyracantha, red Hawthorne berries or rosehips. You can add about anything, but now is the time to collect your ingredients.
Don’t let your weeds go to seed. You’ll be making twice as much work for yourself next spring and summer. Fall is a great time to kill perennial weeds. As the days begin to shorten, the weeds pull nutrients down into their root system for winter storage. Zap them with a weed killer now and they’ll pull the herbicide down too. No sense spraying annual weeds. They are about to die anyway.
Continue to feed the Hummingbirds. Keeping your feeder up will not entice them to stay in the area too long. They need to bulk up for their long flight south. It’s said they need to double their body weight before they begin their migration. Keep the feeder up a week or so after you’ve seen the last of your hummers in case of stragglers.
Don’t prune your roses in the fall. If they’re grabbing you as you walk by, trim them out of the way, but do your major rose pruning when the Forsythia blooms.
Fertilize your lawn in the fall, twice. An application now and one around the middle of November or Thanksgiving will give you a lawn that stays greener through the winter and starts off healthy and vigorous in the spring.
And last but certainly not least, stroll around your garden and give yourself a pat on the back.