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Tips for Starting a Garden in the Fall

The time for fall planting often comes sooner than you think, so it’s best to start preparing early. Starting a garden in the fall can bring new life to your landscape long after summer crops have withered. Here are some great tips for starting a bountiful fall garden.

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Choose the best spot. The sun is lower in the sky during the fall and winter, which means your summer gardening spot might not be the best for your fall garden. Most plants need around six hours of sunlight each day, which includes cool season vegetables such as kale. In addition to sunlight, it’s important to consider wind protection and accessibility.

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Boost the soil. Good soil contains sufficient nutrients and is well draining. Clay soil can be amended with sand and peat to improve texture and drainage. To improve sandy soil, you may need to add compost and topsoil. Alternatively, consider gardening in raised beds. You can fill raised beds with premium topsoil, rich compost and other nutrient-rich loamy additions. Since creating raised beds is often difficult work, you can always let Lifescape Colorado handle the load for you.

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Plant your seeds in time for a good harvest. Many cool season crops take a full 60 days to harvest from seed. Although the weather may still feel a little warm, cooler weather is just around the corner, so you shouldn’t wait too long to start planting.

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Keep your garden adequately watered. Don’t let cooler weather fool you. You might not get as thirsty as you did in the heat of summer, but your plants’ watering needs should never be neglected. Keep in mind that seedlings should be kept moist or they’ll perish easily. Mulching around plants is especially helpful in the fall by keeping the ground warm and moist.

Planting and maintaining a garden can be a lot of work. Remember that our experts at Lifescape Colorado are happy to help you with all of your gardening and landscaping needs. You can learn more about our services on our website.

The Importance of Autumn Composting

Composting is an easy way to recycle organic waste, while producing a healthy, sustainable product for your garden. Autumn is the ideal time to focus on creating compost, as well as for adding compost and other amendments to improve soil composition and texture. Here are some of the top benefits of soil improvement and composting in the fall.

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Composting puts organic garden debris to excellent use. One of the important garden and landscaping tasks in the fall is to remove dead plants and clear away old stalks, stems and leaves. Nearly all disease-free plant matter, whether green, brown or decayed, can be collected and added to the compost pile. This keeps organic waste from needlessly filling up trash receptacles, while offering a valuable soil amendment. You can remove old compost to free up bins for newly collected plant material.

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Adding compost in autumn renews depleted soil. During the spring and summer, plants rely on nutrient rich soil to grow. Compost can be added around flowers, trees or shrubs and worked into the soil for next year’s vegetable garden. This revives soil in one of the most sustainable, earth-friendly ways.

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Creating well-balanced compost is the easiest in the fall. As trees shed leaves in preparation for winter, there’s an abundance of both decaying and fresh leaves, which each add value to compost. Brown, decaying leaves add carbon and can break down compost faster, while the nitrogen in green leaves, grasses and other fresh plant debris, feed microorganisms that break down raw organic substances in compost.

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Organic soil amendments require time to release nutrients. By adding compost, kelp and other appropriate amendments now, enough time will have passed for the nutrients to release into your soil in the spring.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado understand how to create and maintain green and sustainable Colorado gardens through all seasons. To learn how we can help you this fall or any other time, contact us today.

Don’t “Fall” Victim to These Gardening Blunders

Every garden season has its joys, as well as its potential pitfalls. The good news is that many garden and landscape problems are preventable. When fall arrives in Colorado, make sure you avoid the following common garden mistakes.

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Forgetting to safeguard plants from wildlife. As temperatures drop, food sources for deer and other creatures dwindle. This can make your plants extra appetizing to hungry animals. Even if you’ve chosen deer-resistant plants, desperate wildlife might nevertheless find your greenery tempting.

You can prevent damage to your garden in several ways. Bring potted plants inside while you’re away and at night, and incorporate deer-proof fencing or repellents. If these steps don’t work or you need more information about preventing wildlife from eating your plants, you can always look to Lifescape Colorado for expert advice.

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Pruning too early in the season. Pruning entices plants to create new growth which isn’t desirable when they’re about to go into dormancy. New growth is susceptible to damage from freezes, which can stress the entire plant. Wait to prune trees, bushes or other woody plants until sure signs of dormancy. This might include a change of autumnal foliage colors.

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Underwatering. It’s easy to remember to water plants when days are warm. However, you shouldn’t cut down on watering in the fall. Cooler weather doesn’t mean plants, which haven’t gone dormant yet, need less water. Check soil moisture by touch rather than by sight, as looks can deceive, and maintain your normal watering schedule.

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Applying the wrong fertilizer. While it’s a good idea to add compost and other organic soil amendments in the fall, you should avoid applying nitrogen-heavy fertilizers. Like pruning, nitrogen encourages new growth and this is not desirable when frost is imminent. In fall, stick with adding organic matter, such as compost, and removing decayed or diseased plant material.

At Lifescape Colorado, we provide year-round gardening and landscaping services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you maintain a beautiful outdoor space all year round.

Noxious Weed Prevention Tips

Noxious weeds can be a serious enemy to your garden. Weed control is important all year round, but it’s especially important in the fall. This is because many weeds become more vulnerable to herbicides during this season, and any weeds left to overwinter in the garden may cause problems the following spring.

Here are tips to prevent these unwelcome guests from invading your landscape.

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Know your weeds. Many invasive plants can look like harmless wildflowers to the uninformed gardener. Visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture for a list of invasive weeds. When in doubt, take a sample of any suspicious plants to your local extension office.

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Stay vigilant. Keep an eye out for weeds every time you tend your garden. Hand pulling young weeds as soon as you spot them is the easiest and most organic method of control. Make sure you pull the whole root or they may grow back. Use an appropriate gardening tool, such as a garden fork, to prevent leaving the root ball in the ground.

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Mulch around plants. Mulching not only keeps soil warmer and moister, it can also help prevent weeds. A sufficient layer of mulch prevents soil from receiving sunlight, which prevents weeds from sprouting. If you use organic mulch, make sure the mulch itself contains no weed seeds.

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Apply herbicides, if necessary. When other measures have failed and noxious weeds are thriving, an herbicide is often the most efficient solution. However, some herbicides don’t differentiate between plants and will kill just about anything. When weeds are threatening to take over your landscape, it may be best to let our professionals at Lifescape Colorado handle the job for you.

At Lifescape Colorado, we understand the challenges gardeners face. Turn to us anytime for expert landscaping and gardening assistance. Check out our garden maintenance services to keep your outdoor space in the best shape possible!

Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Colorado

Here in Colorado, gardeners often face difficult weather patterns and variations in soil types from region to region. But no matter which area you call home, gardening requires patience and knowledge as even skilled gardeners can make mistakes. Here are a few common gardening mistakes to avoid this season.

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Not preparing soil well enough before planting. Soil should be tested for acidity and alkalinity. It’s better to amend soil and meet your plants’ needs instead of having to fix the problem later on. Remember to work the soil, break up clumps and add your amendments to a depth of 12 inches.

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Mistaking your plants for weeds. Before many types of plants start budding, they may resemble weeds. Avoid a case of mistaken identity by placing identifying tags in the soil. If don’t have any tags, make your own with hard plastic pieces and a waterproof marker.

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Planting diseased or pest-ridden plants. A diseased or infested plant can wreak havoc on a garden quickly. Check plants carefully before adding them to your landscape. Look for yellowed foliage, brown spots and any suspicious marks that could indicate a diseased plant. When checking for pests, remember that aphids and spider mites are small and hard to find. Don’t forget to look beneath leaves, where many pests like to hide. If you don’t spot any bugs, remember to look for other common signs of infestation, such as webs or blisters.

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Overwatering or underwatering. Moisture requirements vary among different types of plants, as well as whether or not they’re established or newly planted. Familiarize yourself with your plants’ needs and group those with similar requirements next to each other. Consider also investing in a smart controller with a rain sensor.

One of the best ways to avoid these gardening mistakes is to seek expert help. Our professional team at Lifescape Colorado can answer all of your questions and keep your landscape vibrant and healthy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you design a beautiful garden.