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Now that summer has come to an end, and you’ve established your fall garden, what else is left to do? This October gardening checklist should help get you on your way! You could certainly rest and enjoy the fruits of your labor (perhaps literally), or you could get a jump start on preparations for spring. The final choice is up to you, but if you want to take advantage of the free time, here are our suggestions for fall gardening tasks.

Tackle other landscaping projects. Now that much of the year’s planting is behind you, fall is the perfect time to tackle other tasks that have been waiting in the wings. Perhaps your lawn needs reseeding, or you’ve been considering a new pathway, patio, or driveway project.

Consider plantings. While planting of the most sensitive of tropical species should wait until spring, it’s acceptable to plant most other things in California right now. In fact, trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses are happy to spend the winter establishing their root systems. The increased moisture makes fall and winter an ideal time.

Plant cool season veggies. Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy homegrown treats from your own garden! Replace your summer veggie garden with kale, beets, onions, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, or Brussels sprouts.

Cover bare spots. The cooler seasons are the perfect time to plant ground covers for any bare spots that have been bothering you. Consider the space carefully and choose a variety whose needs match the light and moisture of the area and can withstand the amount of foot traffic received.

Plan for spring blooms. Although spring is months away, you should plant certain types of bulbs now. Consider daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and hyacinth. Keep in mind that some bulbs need refrigeration time to trick them into thinking that we had a cold fall!

Think about the birds. Birds are migrating at this time of year and need places to rest and have a sip of water. A birdbath, fountain, or even just a shallow dish of water can help to draw migratory species to your yard.

If you need help with any of these fall landscaping projects, give us a call. We can offer our input, and help you select bulbs, starter plants, or other materials.