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As summer comes to a close and cooler temperatures approach, you may find yourself trading bathing suits for sweaters and sandals for real shoes. Just as you prepare your wardrobe for autumn, you should also prepare your garden.

Here are the steps you need to follow to get your garden ready!

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  1. Assess the damage. This includes checking the overall health of plants, looking for diseases and damage and determining which plants, if any, need to be pruned or perhaps transplanted.
  2. Fill in areas with mulch. Any sparse parts of the garden or plants with exposed roots should be covered with mulch. This technique helps the plants retain moisture and protects them from the cold.
  3. Pay attention to container plants. In making sure your garden is ready for the cooler months, don’t neglect your plants that are living in containers! Make sure you repot any plants that have outgrown their containers, add soil or compost where needed and bring sensitive plants indoors.
  4. Clean everything up. For this step, discard any dead plants or debris you found in step one. Pull weeds, prune bushes, add extra soil where needed, turn soil to redistribute nutrients and remove any mulch sitting on branches or shrubs—it could cause leaves to yellow and die. Check out our selection of hand tools to help speed us this process!
  5. Whip your lawn into shape. Once your plants are taking care of, it’s time to address the condition of your grass. If your turf is looking less than its best, consider adding a slow-release fertilizer to it. If you have a lot of leaves and debris on your lawn, you might also want to consider renting a lawn vacuum!

Fall may not be known for its lush foliage, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your garden. Armed with these helpful tips, you should be able to keep your plants looking good into the cold months!

How do you prepare your garden for fall? Feel free to leave a comment in the space below! For more information about gardening or DIY projects, reach out to us at One Stop Rental via social media!