Loving your Garden
LifeStyle Feb 04, 2021
Fall always brings its own “color” spectrum with it. The leaves are very definitely changing into their “autumn” clothing and nature itself is getting ready for the chance to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.
Now is a great time to check out those garden tools, clean them up, hang them in a safe place, and repair what can be repaired or make a list of what will be needed next season. In the same thought pattern, check out those rakes, brooms, snow shovels, snow blowers, etc. Dust them off, oil if necessary, and place them where you can get to them when the need arises.
Fencing should be also checked over and repaired or removed, depending on where you live and how heavy your snowfall amounts are. Patio or deck furniture, padding, etc. should be washed in warm soapy water and dried on a cool fall day. Any cracks or tears should be mended. There are kits available that make this an easy task.
Docks, boats, swimming pools and all the accessories should also have a once-over or removed and stored, once again depending on how fast autumn turns into winter in your “neck of the woods.” Caulking of doors, windows, siding, eaves, etc. will keep out those nasty “unwanted” guests from finding a small entrance way and making themselves at home in your home. Screens should be repaired and storm doors and windows washed, checked and painted if necessary. When the nights get a bit too cool for comfort is a great time to replace the screens with the “storms” and keep that precious “warmth” in the house.
Lawn mowing should definitely be slowing down, but keep those clippings. They make great cover-ups for plants, shrubs and perennials. Also raked leaves should be kept for covering up precious plant life or using as mulch. This is not to mention the fun of jumping into that pile of leaves and remembering your childhood just one more time!
Scarecrows and other fall decorations are ready to be hung out and as the Holiday approach; it is not a bad idea to put up those Holiday Lights on roofs, so that you need not get out there when the weather is nasty, slippery and dangerous. Bird baths, houses, and feeders should also be cleaned, repaired and washed with hot soapy water, rinsed thoroughly, dried, and new seed and feed replaced.
Winter bird houses can be put out and boxes as well. Those fine-feathered friends that stay the season will appreciate these small kindnesses.
In Your Garden
When you plan your garden, remember that birds are fantastic for controlling insects that attack your fruits and vegetables. Plant some flowers, such as sunflowers, that will attract them into your hard. Some of them even eat their weight in bugs daily. Not only is that a safe form of controlling insects, but it doesn’t cost a cent!
Floral arrangements from your garden flowers:
Cut flower stems at an angle to maximize the flow of water and absorption.
Remove all leaves at or beneath the water line.
They will create bacteria and cause your flowers to droop a lot faster.
Recut the stems slightly each time you change the water to add new strength to your garden treasures.
Try not to place your arrangements in direct light or near heat – the strength of the flowers will diminish and they will fade very quickly.
Using scissors to cut stems seals some of the porous fibers, choking off some water lines. Use a sharp knife or garden shears instead.
If you have only one or two blooms and would like to display them, use clear tape in a crisscross pattern over the top of your vase, leaving 1/2″ openings. Your blooms will stand tall and they will look great.
Weeds are also having a great time this season-when they push their heads up between brick walls and sidewalks, try a very environmentally safe method – pour boiling water on them for instant success. But please be careful.
Outdoor lighting tracks, bulbs, etc. should be cleaned and repaired if necessary. Also replace those bulbs if needed.
This is also a great time to check your Smoke Detectors and change those batteries. With winter fast approaching, its always best to be prepared and ready!
If life gives you a lot of rocks, plan next year’s rock garden. When you mow or garden, keep all those rocks in a bucket or pan. Then next year plan a spectacular rock garden with forget-me-nots, phlox, thyme, etc.
ENJOY VISITING WITH NATURE EACH TIME YOU ENTER YOUR GARDEN!