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We are a few days shy of the fall season. We know you are worn out from summertime gardening; but there is a lot to do in the garden as the weather cools down such as preparing a cold frame and raking leaves. Here are five expert tips to get you prepared for fall gardening:

1) Prepare your cold frame or greenhouse

Beginning gardeners may not know the difference between a cold frame and a greenhouse. Greenhouses will allow plants to continue safe growing, away from the elements.

Cold frames are best suited for cool-season plants; but if you have tropical plants from your garden, you may use a cold frame this Fall to house them. With a cold frame, you will be able to provide the right conditions for dormancy until they can resume growing in spring. Keep tender plants sunken in a cold frame to provide the best insulation. Be sure to cut it back as much as possible before the first frost. If the plant is not in a container, sink the roots to insulate it. Pack the cold frame tightly with pots and add leaves and mulch over the soil. Finally, be sure to water potted plants and get ready to bring them indoors.

2) Remove Fallen Leaves (Step 1)

The fall season requires quite a bit of backyard maintenance. To create a nicer yard presentation, Mastergardening.com suggests that homeowners remove fallen, crunchy leaves. It will be easy to rake leaves and then stash them in a large lawn bag. (Okay, okay - go ahead and splash into the pile of leaves before throwing them in lawn bags.) Once you complete this task, you are ready to move on to the next phase.

3) Shred Fallen Leaves (Step 2)

This leads us in to Step 2. Instead of sending the leaves away to live in a dumpster, why not shred the leaves and re-purpose them for compost or mulch? You will need a chipper shredder for easy shredding. See Mastergardening.com shredders for sale.

4) Garden Tool Maintenance

Clean garden tools thoroughly before stashing them away for the winter. Get off caked dirt and coat metal parts to prevent rusting. Drain gas from power equipment engines, such as the chipper shredders we just discussed and loosen spark plugs. Be sure to check filters, too.

5) Rain Barrels

To keep rain barrels from getting moldy, be sure to use any old water and clean the barrels with care. Be sure they dry properly so they can refill and replenish with fresh water collected this fall.

Throughout the season, Mastergardening.com will post more fall gardening tips to keep your garden alive and well. Be sure to keep checking the Mastergardening.com blog for more helpful gardening tips.

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