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Taking Care of Your Garden During the Fall

As the fall sets in, it marks the arrival of autumn with the winter following just behind it. This is the time of the year where you need to pull up your socks and make your garden ready for the hard days ahead. It should make you start thinking about the lawn of your garden. With the arrival of autumn the mercury rapidly runs down and with occasional downpour, it gets even cooler, setting the perfect time for you to prepare your garden and its lawn.

I have seen a handful of homeowners who have a wrong perception that there is simply no need to turn attention towards the lawn of their garden during the fall as the grass does not grow as rapidly as the plants. This is absolutely wrong as during this time, just like the plant and other foliage, grass also keeps in absorbing all the energy, nutrients and moisture to prepare itself for the long, cold days ahead. Hence they keep in growing rapidly. So what are the steps that you can take? Here they are:

Mow regularly

You need to continue watering and mowing your lawn as and when you need, all throughout the fall days. Then, as and when the winter approaches and sets in you need to change the blade of your mower to the lowest point and go for two more mowing sessions. This will allow more sunlight to creep in to the soil through the grass. This will drastically reduce the amount of leaf turning brown due to lack of sunlight once the winter sets in completely. I would suggest you to set the blade settings in such a way that does not trim off more than one third of the blades of the grass one at a time.

Ventilate the soil of your garden

Another thing that you need to do during fall is aerating the soil. This is an imperative task because water, oxygen, and the fertilizers are able to get to the root of the grass without any hindrance. There are different types of soil aerators available in the market and you can easily opt for the one that you will find apt for your garden.

Ins and Outs of Mulching – A Brief Account

Mulching is the most important aspect of gardening. Whoever comes to me gets this tip from my side as the first and foremost lesson.

What is Mulching?

Mulching is in fact a well established and well practiced horticultural exercise, which involves uniform distribution of layers of materials on the ground in the area surrounding the root of a plant with a view to protect the root from heat, drought or cold and to keep the fruits or flowers clean and disease free and to improve the growth of the plant in question. Let me now discuss a few very crucial aspects of mulching.

Types of mulching

Mulching can be of two types – inorganic and organic.

Inorganic Mulching: – This includes use of plastic, rocks or rock chip, and different types of non-plant materials or materials that are not parts of plant kingdom.

Organic Mulching: – This, on the other hand, includes straw, newspaper, compost sawdust, and a range of other materials belonging to a similar variety.

When you indulge in shallow cultivation of the surface of soil after a heavy spell of rain slows down the pace of water loss from the soil, an effective mulching always makes the difference, preventing raindrops from splashing on the soil surface, thereby reducing the spread of diseases.

How to Improve the Quality of Soil in Your Garden

Soil is THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of a garden – of any garden. Hence, before doing anything in your garden you need to take utmost care of the soil of your garden. Remember, the soil in your garden or your locality is the best important as well as valuable resource, which needs to be taken care of – regularly. How to do that? Here are some ways from me for your perusal.

Add organic matters to the soil

Adding organic substances of various kinds will go a long way in improving the soil structure of your garden. Organic substances, quite frankly is the most vital component of the structure of soil as it provides the food and the nutrients that are needed by the essential microorganisms as well as the produces that you grow.  You need to keep in mind that with the passage of each season and with the death and removal of each leaf, the capacity of the soil to produce healthy plants and foliage gets depleted. Here is where you need to take care of the soil and add organic matters as that will help the soil maintain its water and nutrient retention capabilities. As water in the form of moisture is retained by minute cavities between the soil particles, adding organic matters will always make the difference.