As fall approaches, many new gardeners may be feeling unsure of what needs to be done to prepare the landscaping on their properties – while those who are more experienced may simply be looking for new ideas. Implementing the following measures in your yard before the first frost arrives will help ensure that your landscaping looks spectacular when warmer temperatures make their appearance again.

Start Planning your Landscaping

September is the perfect time to compile a plan for your garden, so it will be a good idea to visit local nurseries to see which plants are available that will thrive in your yard. Spend some time in your yard to determine where the best places will be for planting specific flowers, shrubs and bushes – this will allow you to see which areas get the most sun, which parts of your garden experience good or poor drainage and whether any sheltered spots are available for anything fragile you intend on planting.

Get your Bulbs Planted

After determining where each new plant will be placed, it’s time to get started with planting a variety of spring bulbs. This will provide your yard and garden with a beautiful array of colors when spring eventually arrives. Examples of bulbs that can be planted include Daffodils, Tulips, Lilies, Hyacinths and Snowdrops.

Take Care of your Lawn

This is the time of year when your lawn will require a little extra care, so now is the time to plant grass seeds in any bare areas and ensure that everything gets covered with a dense layer of compost. The compost will not only encourage healthy growth when temperatures begin thawing; it will give your lawn the helping hand it needs to survive the cold winter frosts as well.

Mulch Over Perennials and Mud In Any New Fall Plants

Once you’ve placed each new plant in its hole, it’s recommended to water them a few times before adding the new soil around them – a combination of fresh dirt and compost is best for this task. Once the new plants have been completely buried, a little more water should be added to get the soil around them saturated.

Prepare your Winter Salad

As the colder weather approaches, the demand for green veggies often increases substantially. It’s fully possible to have winter salad growing during the colder months with a little upfront preparation. If you’re fortunate enough to have a cold-frame greenhouse, this will be the ideal spot to place your spinach and kale plants.

Although mulch can be purchased in bags from your local garden supply store or nursery, it will be more economical to purchase a truckload for delivery if the areas requiring it are excessively large. If you’re willing to put in the effort into your garden and yard at this time of the year, you will be rewarded with a beautiful array of color and healthy plants by the time spring arrives.