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8 Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks for a Successful Year Round Garden

Are you ready to switch gears from summer gardening to all things fall? I have some gardening tips and tricks for the fall season that will help you achieve a successful and healthy year-round garden.

I’m still enjoying the summer garden and all the beauty and color it provides but I can feel things starting to change.

With the daylight hours starting to decrease and the temperatures cooling off, the seasonal transition in the garden is inevitable and on its way. Can you feel it too?

Fall Gardening Tips: fall annuals

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yellow sunflowers

Today I’m sharing some fall gardening tips and tricks that I’ve shared in the past on the blog to help you create a successful year-round garden with the autumn season’s efforts.

spring tulips in raised beds and greenhouse

Planting bulbs in the fall is one of the easiest ways to ensure a colorful and stunning spring garden. You’re laying the groundwork in the fall season for your spring garden.

I share some must-read tips about when to plant spring bulbs, how to plant them, and how to get the best blooms for the spring season.

white birdhouse in cottage garden

There are so many benefits to dividing the perennials in your garden.

They not only create additional plants that you can use in other outdoor spaces or to give to a friend, but they also help to keep your established plants healthy.

Dividing provides more space for the roots to grow and absorb nutrients and water, stimulates growth, and helps manage the size of the perennial plant.

When it comes to the subject of dividing or splitting your perennials, I usually get quite a few questions about the process.

  • How can I tell if a plant can be split or not?
  • When is the best time to divide perennial plants?
  • How do I divide a perennial plant?
Fall Gardening Tips: mowing leaves

There are so many benefits to mulching all those fallen leaves from your trees in the fall.

I use my leaves as an added layer of protection for my plants, especially my dahlias, in the winter. Besides buffering the soil temperature, mulched leaves will provide nutrients as the leaves decompose and create a natural habitat for overwintering critters and pollinators.


Fall Gardening Tips: dahlias

Are you wondering if you should leave your dahlia tubers in the ground through the winter or dig them up and store them in a safe spot until the last frost next season?

When it comes to dahlias, this is one of the most asked questions I get. And the answer depends on where your garden is located.

If you will need to dig your dahlia tubers up to overwinter them in a safe environment until the chance of freezing has passed, I have a few options to share with you.

geraniums in greenhouse

Geraniums are one of my favorite summer annuals and are in the majority of my flower containers and window boxes.

I think I love them because they are SO EASY TO GROW!

I used to buy hundreds of dollars worth of geraniums every May but I don’t have to do that anymore. That’s because I transplant all of them from their outdoor garden spaces and store them in the greenhouse through the winter.

But the great news is that you don’t have to have a greenhouse to overwinter your geraniums.

geraniums overwintering in greenhouse

Not only are geraniums easy to maintain and grow in the summer garden, but they’re also easy to propagate.

Starting new geranium plants from stem cuttings is so easy and another great way to save money on summer annuals.

Fall Gardening Tips: fall annuals and pumpkins

There’s something so magical about a fabulous fall flower container garden, am I right? Those deep and gorgeous colors mixed in with a pumpkin or two help to bring the garden alive again after most of the summer flowers start fading away.

Planting some cool season plants to fill in the gaps during this transitional time will also brighten up your garden.

Fall Gardening Tips: red coneflowers and black-eyed Susans

Perennial flowers are such an important part of any fall garden.

They help to transition a garden from the summer months to fall. But most importantly, perennials give pollinators an adequate food source after the summer flowers fade.

fall greenhouse

I hope you can use some of my fall tips for your own garden this year. There are so many things that you can do in your garden this fall to set it up for success next spring and summer.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Fall Gardening!

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