You’ve spent all spring and summer enjoying your backyard. You hosted barbecues and maybe even a pool party. But the warmer season is pretty much over and now autumn is right around the corner. Your backyard fun isn’t over yet though. Before you kick back with friends around the fire pit, spend a little time prepping your eco-friendly garden for the weather changes that are about to happen.
Get This Season’s Vegetable Garden Planted
Climate changes from summer to winter can be harsh, particularly in midwestern states. Bulbs and seeds that are familiar with harsh winters can be planted in preparation for for spring’s flowering season. Bulbs are extremely eco-friendly since they regrow every year, which prevents waste. Many of these flowers also attract bees to pollinate which can also benefit crops. If you grow food, you should’ve planted your fall harvest crops in August so you should be able to cultivate those throughout the season. Leafy greens, root vegetables, and squashes grown well in the cooler temperatures of fall. Growing your own garden not only provides you with fresh food, but also reduces greenhouse gases since the produce isn’t being transported across the country. Fall is also a great time to transplant or freshly plant many varieties of trees – particularly deciduous trees.
Spruce Up What You Have With Repurposed & Green Materials
If you’re looking to make any changes to your backyard, autumn is the perfect time. The warm soil and cooler air make it the perfect environment for adjustments. It’s a great time to add paver stones, a stone fire pit, or the water garden you’ve been wanting, but don’t forget to remove the water pump for the winter. Items such as bricks or 2x4s can be salvaged from other people doing rehab projects to ensure materials don’t end up in landfills. If you make any adjustments to your yard, be sure the waste is properly disposed and recycled if possible. If painting is required, be sure to use no VOC (volatile organic compound) paint or try tea staining for a natural-toned approach. Make sure any outdoor lighting uses energy-efficient CFL or LED lightbulbs. Spend some time trimming and pruning your trees now that the leaves have fallen and you can more easily inspect problem areas. Shrubs should also be trimmed and any off the fall off from trees or shrubs can be mulched for ground covering.
Tend To The Ground & Compost For Natural Fertilizer
Autumn is the perfect time to treat the ground before winter sets in a freezes the soil. Remove any fallen fruits or rot from around trees and spent plants to prevent disease and pest infestation that could harm your flowers and crops. Mulch weeds, leaves, and trimmings to create a ground covering to protect perennials and the soil from the extreme winter temperatures. If you’ve been composting, add it to the soil after the first hard frost but before the ground thoroughly freezes. Composting is not only beneficial for to the environment, but also provides important nutrients to your garden. Sweet peet is a good alternative if you don’t compost, but compost also benefits worms which in turn benefit our gardens.
Reap Your Rewards
Autumn is a great season full of warm colors that appear naturally in trees and seasonal flowers. Don’t spend the entire season doing all of the work without taking the time to enjoy the rewards of the season. Kick your feet up by the fire and roast marshmallows while drinking apple cider. Spend some time just listening to the leaves rustle across the yard. Fall is the perfect season to read a book outside and enjoy the season’s changes.
Autumn can be a great season to get some work done in your yard but don’t forget the fun. Spend the time with friends and family in your luscious eco-friendly backyard as you take in the season and all it has to offer.