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Prepare yourselves, Fall is a busy time of year in the garden. Between frost protection, fallen leaves, mulching, and weed prevention, October is all about landscape maintenance before it really gets chilly. Here are some things you need to think about this season:

1) Frost Protection

If the first frost hasn't yet hit, just know it's coming. Prolong the growing season of your plants by covering your plants with a protective cover. Remove the covers in the morning for sunshine and fresh air. 

Additionally, we suggest investing in a greenhouse or cold frame. Beginning gardens may not understand the difference between them, so we'll keep it brief: Greenhouses continue the growing season throughout winter, while cold frames are used to store plants for spring-time growing.


2) Fallen Leaves

As we mentioned in September, fallen leaves should not be tossed in the trash so quickly, as leaves can be re-purposed in the garden. First, we suggest that gardeners collect leaves in lawn bags. Then, these leaves can be shredded with a shredder or chipper and re-used as mulch or compost in the garden. 

3) Planting Trees

Fall is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubbery in front and backyards. Roots will continue to grow as long as the ground isn't frozen; so go ahead and start planning.

4) Pruning

Avoid pruning shrubs and evergreens this late in the year. If you see destroyed leaves, toss them in the trash. These damaged leaves may be diseased and can hurt the growth of your garden. For good-standing plants, cut them now with pruners to encourage good root development. 

5) Weed Control

Remove weeds now with herbicides. Spray glyphosate on weedy plants that are tough to kill. Examples include: bamboo and poison ivy. The fall season will move the harmful chemicals from leaves to roots which will kill the plants  in the colder months ahead. See weed control solutions from Mastergardening.com. 

Keep these five gardening tips in-mind this season; and contact Mastergardening.com with any questions.

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