Do you ever feel like you don’t have time to do things and get overwhelmed thinking of all the things to do this season? I sure do! Especially when it comes to my garden. Just the other day I looked out back and CRINGED at how run down things are looking from the long, hot dry summer in Texas.
One of my goals and favorite things to do is: share with you how to do anything more simply including gardening. Horticulture is intense and in depth when you get right down to it. During the last year of my chemistry degree, I had the opportunity to study horticulture and landscaping. It was an absolute blast and I learned more than I thought was even possible for gardening.
So, you can always count on me to relay that information in a super easy and understandable way. Plus, keeping up with a garden can be a full time job in itself. I like to keep things minimal and sweet, yet still get the benefit of enjoying a flower garden (my favorite type of garden). In case you missed it, you can read more about my flower garden over the years.
Fall is the time of year when life seems to slow down. The adventurous days of summer are gone, and night comes sooner. Life in the garden has slowed down too. Bright cheery pinks and purples are replaced with rustic golds and oranges.
Spring is a busy time in the yard, planting, trimming and growing. Autumn is a perfect time to give your flower beds and yard one last bit of TLC before winter hits. Depending on what part of the country you are in, you may already be experiencing cooler days. Texas is still 100 degrees, but I like to be prepared for when the weather cools down.
There are hundreds of things you can do in the garden this time of year, but the reality is, people get busy. The days are getting shorter, so yard work takes a back seat.
In addition, fall is the perfect time of year to plant trees and shrubs!
This is my simple garden checklist I use every year. It is the basics, so if you don’t have time for anything else, you can at least do a few of these.
I developed these tips when I was taking horticulture in college many falls ago. It makes such a difference just cleaning out your flower beds and mulching everything.
On another note, I thought I would address the rose pruning situation. There is some controversies if you should prune in the fall. Pruning actually promotes growth, so pruning back roses too much can spark growth before a frost which isn’t good.
I stick to trimming them, and deadheading spent blooms. I prune in the spring so they will have good growth all spring and summer!
My brown and gold mums are still alive from last fall, so I can’t wait for those to start blooming again. Feel free to print out this easy fall garden checklist! I love checking off the boxes when I finish up 🙂 What are your favorite fall blooms?