As the trees begin to turn, the weather turns cold, and the sun sets earlier each evening, gardeners sometimes forget there is still much to do before the snow begins flying.
First, this is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Before you begin, make sure to choose a site where the tree will have plenty of room for both its roots and its height to grow to maturity. To plant, dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. Place the tree in the hole at the same depth it was growing before and fill half the hole with garden soil or compost. Then, fill in the remaining soil and water thoroughly.
Second, now is the time for bulbs. Bulbs need to be planted any time before the soil begins to freeze.
Third, prepare the soil for spring planting. This may seem odd, but creating healthy soil will create a successful garden. Soil PH is key. There are DIY soil test kits one can buy and use to determine the PH level. Use Lime or acidifier to raise or lower the PH accordingly.
Four, compost! Instead of bagging up the leaves you have spent hours raking, use them in your compost pile. If you don’t have a compost pile already, start one!