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Common Sense Tips to Beautify Your Fall Garden

Aug 17, 2007
There is probably nothing as beautiful in this world as fall gardens. While spring and summer are characterized by healthy greens and wintry gardens are known for having pristine white beauty, gardens in the autumn season are showered with various colors ranging from bronze to red to fiery oranges, not to mention other colors of the rainbow which you can see on flowers and fruits.

Still, making those colors appear at the right place and concealing the moribund effects of fall on gardens at the same time will take patience, effort, and extreme care. Here are some tips to make your backyard one of the most perfect fall gardens in town:

Using Fall to Prepare for Other Seasons
Fall is the best time to start growing plants that you intend to bloom in the spring. Do not forget to prepare your soil accordingly so that your spring plants will grow beautiful and healthy.

Roses in Fall
Fall gardens will certainly benefit from the loveliness of roses. These flowers, however, must be given extra attention during autumn because neglected roses face the strong possibility of dying once winter sets in.

Flower and Plant Suggestions for Fall Gardens
There are certain flowers and plants that are lovelier to look at when they bloom in autumn. Examples of plants and flowers commonly blooming in the fall are the following: chrysanthemums, pansies, turnips, and even decorative varieties of cabbage.

For a more unusual variety of flowers and plants in your fall garden, consider the following suggestions:
Aster - Fall gardeners can choose from pink, white, and blue when adding asters to their plant collection.
Mums - This type of plant is best grown in masses so make sure that you provide sufficient space for them.
Plumbago - This plant will give your garden a colorful carpet; for maximum results, plant plumbago when it can benefit from great exposure to sunlight while making sure that the soil is dry but fertile.
Russian Sage - This type of plant possess gray leaves and flowers in different shades of blue.
Tickseed - With a great likeness to daisies, this type of plant can be used as a border or ground cover. Plant this when it can benefit from great exposure to sunlight as well.

Remember, however, that certain plants, like the magnolia, are better to plant in spring rather than fall.

From Summer to Fall
The transition between the two seasons can be quite damaging to most plants, especially those that live in flower pots or containers. To minimize the damage to your plants, make sure that you water them diligently and stay alert for any signs of dryness.

Letting Plants Flowers R.I.P.
It's inevitable for some plants and flowers to wilt and die during fall. In the case of flowers, make sure that you cut them off immediately and let them dry. Take away the seeds, place them inside an envelope, then set them aside until it's springtime and you're allowed to plant them again. Of course, you also have the option of letting nature take its course by planting the seeds on the ground.

For trees and plants, on the other hand, it's best to cut or prune any dead part of the plant immediately. Make sure that you also give them one good shower before winter sets in and forces your flowers and plants to hibernate. Consider hiring a professional as well to subject plans to professional thinning.

Taking Care of Lawns in the Fall
If your fall garden is made up of a lawn and flower beds, there is nothing really to beautify when it comes to your lawn, and all you can do is just make sure that it will grow back to its original loveliness come spring. For the meantime, you can aerate your lawn to increase its healthiness.

Since there's little to harvest in fall, the most efficient way to spend your time during fall is just to mow your lawn or sing your flowers and plants to sleep.

While gardens can certainly remain beautiful in any season, Mother Nature certainly lightens the load on our shoulders during fall. With the naturally changing colors of leaves in autumn, all we need to focus on is creating a perfect autumn setting for our garden, and our back or front yards will immediately look like a doorway to paradise. Just sweat a little, and Mother Nature will do the rest!
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://gardening.subjectmonster.com where you can get more gardening tips.
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