10 Fall Garden Tips
Photo/Art by Janis Christie
Read these 10 fall garden tips to prepare for the long stretch of winter weather.
1. Check the garden shed and remove any aerosols, liquids, or other items that might freeze. Otherwise, the contents are likely to be unusable in the spring.
2. Dispose of any rose leaves that have dropped to the ground; they may be infected with black spot or other diseases. It’s OK to burn them, but don’t add them to the compost pile — they can reintroduce diseases into the garden.
3. Garden hose lasts longer if you roll it up after each use. To make a reel, attach an old bucket to the garage or barn wall by nailing it securely through the bottom. Coil the hose around the bucket and store the nozzles and sprinklers inside.
4. Keep a bucket of sand, sprinkled lightly with kerosene or oil, in the shed where you store your garden tools. After using the tools, scour them with the sand to keep them clean and rust free. (Because of hazardous fumes, do not use this technique inside your house.)
5. Never throw away a mop or broom before you salvage the handle. Old handles can be used to replace broken ones on other tools or as garden stakes.
6. Paint a brightly colored stripe around the handle of each of your gardening tools. It will help in spotting tools dropped in the grass or garden.