Autumn has gone by so fast, I haven’t had a chance to do anything in my yard or garden. As we were putting up Christmas lights last weekend, I saw so many yard jobs I needed to do! I thought OH MY GOSH, I am so behind.
But, there are so many things to do in late autumn for yard and garden upkeep. It’s not to late to do some simple tasks that will make things healthier and more put together when spring rolls around.
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Thank you to Capital Garden Services for providing this beautiful infographic for Chemistry Cachet readers! I love sharing the best, correct tips with everyone. This information is all so great to keep in mind!
Chemist tips for things to do in late fall for yard and garden:
We’ve received a few chemistry questions the past month about fall and winter composting, so I thought this would be a great time to add this in!
Chemically, you want compost to be a 30:1 ratio of carbon to nitrogen. 30 parts Carbon to 1 part Nitrogen.
You also want your compost to have a pH between 5.5 – 8.5 which is a range of slightly acidic to neutral to slightly alkaline. Typically anything in that range is best for microbial activity. If the pH drops to low and becomes acidic, this will inhibit the microbial functions. You would never think composting had so much chemical intricacy, but it does.
If you don’t want to go too in depth on the chemistry, just remember to add a variety of things to your compost with good oxygen flow. Things with a good carbon content this time of year could be grass, leaves, clippings, bark, and straw. Anything you clean up for your yard, save it to add to compost. This is great for flower beds, the yard, and garden!
Now I just need to go outside and get some things done before winter sets in 🙂