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The Home Depot Garden Center at North Bergen

With the first frost coming to wilt your garden, it's time to roll out the wheelbarrow and prep for colder weather. Complete the final harvest, put the garden to bed, clean up leaves, and get flower bulbs in the ground. Read on for more on fall garden maintenance and how to transition your fall lawn and garden into wintertime.

Patch or Fertilize Your Lawn
Patch up bald spots on your lawn by spreading fresh grass seed. Autumn is a great time to fill in dead or brown places in your yard. However, make sure leaves don't land on freshly seeded areas. New grass seed needs sun, water, and air to grow, and leaf litter can block out the sunlight and air it needs to germinate.

If your lawn is in good shape, make sure it stays that way by applying lawn fertilizer if you have cool-season grass. Aerate your lawn before adding fertilizer to get those nutrients down near the roots right off the bat. Water your cool-season lawn regularly and tend to any pesky fall weeds that show up. Warm-season varieties, like those in the southern states, are winding down their growth for the year. It's better not to fertilize it now, as you don't want fresh grass growing right before it goes dormant. Taper down watering on warm-season lawns.

Plant Flower Bulbs
If you've got your eye on spring-blooming bulb plants, get those planted soon. Although their roots look different because they sprout from bulbs and not just below the stem, they still need time to grow downward. Check your plant hardiness zone before planting. In colder climates, certain bulb flowers should be planted in spring instead. Find ideas for spring flowering bulbs and plan your tulip, iris, and daffodil displays now. Garlic and onions can also go in but won't need soil additives.

Skip the soil amendments when planting garlic or onion bulbs instead of flower bulbs. Simply plant them now, pointy-side up like a teardrop shape, and you'll have a fresh harvest by next summer. These plants will spread though, so be careful not to let them flower, dry out, and go to seed when they mature. Snip off the dried flowers to avoid planting a patch of volunteer garlic and onion plants.

Cut and Cover Perennials
In climates where you might have a cold snap here and there, but then it'll warm up above freezing again, cover your plants. Protect your garden from frost and freeze damage to extend their season. You can get extra life out of your garden by covering your plants with 5-gallon buckets, tarps, or even painting drop cloths. It'll warm your plants like a greenhouse or blanket, and they'll survive a frost.

This works well when the weather is still transitional, until you're fully into the colder parts of the season. Uncover the plants in the morning when it warms up again and let them enjoy that fall sunshine. Once the temperatures regularly dip below freezing, it's time to say goodbye to the garden for now.

Put the Garden to Bed
When your annuals start looking rougher, dig up the plants. Northern climates might be putting the garden to bed for the season in October or November. After your vegetables and annuals are done for the year, dig them up and dispose of the detritus, or dead plant debris. You can let them return their nutrients to the earth, but there are two exceptions: if your plants dealt with disease or if you had a slug problem.

After you've removed the old plants, you've got a clean slate. Prepare your garden bed for the spring by rotating the soil with a rototiller or shovel. You want to bring the deeper soil to the surface, send the topsoil lower down, and generally break up the ground. It helps nutrients penetrate and lets the soil rest. It's also an excellent opportunity to test the soil and see what, if any, soil amendments you need. Different crops and plants use different nutrients. Test your soil to see if it's balanced or if you ought to add certain nutrients that have been depleted.

Indoor Gardening
Gardeners with potted plants can extend their growing season by bringing the plants indoors to a sunny window. Indoor gardening allows both outdoor plants to live longer and house plants to bring joy into your home. Just make sure they get enough water now that they won't benefit from rainfall, and rotate them regularly to give all leaves equal sunlight. Remember to place decorative dishes beneath them if the pots don't have built-in overflow dishes to catch any extra water.

Warm the Outdoors with an Outdoor Fireplace
Stretch out your fall evenings with a patio heater, outdoor fireplace, or fire pit to take off the chill. No matter if you're looking to heat a small patio, a cozy back porch, or a spacious deck, we've got options. All you have to do is discover the one that matches your decor style.

When you're curious about how to choose or build an outdoor fireplace, we have the supplies you need. Bricks, mortar, a wheelbarrow, trowels, and more — let us help you get this fall project done. If you'd love some extra heat but rather not install a fire pit or fireplace, we also have patio heaters, including gas, propane, and electric models.

Ease Into Fall
This fall, shore up your lawn for the season with us. We have the tools and supplies you need for leaf cleanup, putting the garden to bed, and replenishing nutrients in your soil so it's ready for next spring. Shop our wide variety of fall garden care and outdoor living products in our mobile app, online, or in the aisles of your North Bergen store.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gardening

Is it better to use a rake or leaf blower on fall leaves?

Whether you need the power of a gas leaf blower or the comparatively quieter electric leaf blower, we've got both. Electric versions come as corded or cordless leaf blowers. We've also got walk-behind, backpack, and handheld leaf blower models. Leaf vacuums, vacuum-mulcher combo units, or rakes are additional options. Let the gathered leaves turn into mulch and enrich your soil or fill up leaf bags and take them out to the curb.

How do I harvest my garden veggies?

To pick your produce straight from the vine, push aside any leaves and pinch the stem just above the vegetable. Hold the stem tightly with the fingers of one hand, then with your dominant hand, twist the produce. Keep rotating the veggie, watching the stem twist, until it breaks free of the main stem.

How do I store my outdoor power tools during the winter?

To maintain outdoor power equipment, clean it before you store it. Check the manufacturer's website or your owner's manual for info on caring for a specific tool, like oiling a chainsaw chain or removing grass from lawn mower blades. To shut down gas-powered outdoor power equipment for the season, run each tool at an idle until the gas is gone and change the oil so it's ready in the spring. For electric tools, remove the battery, put it in its storage case, and store it where it won't freeze — usually away from the tools themselves. It's a bit labor-intensive now, but you'll be glad you maintained your tools when you use them again.

How do I close the swimming pool for the year?

Once the heat of summer dissipates, winterize the pool before the cold really moves in. Clean and vacuum the pool, then drain the water. Cover the swimming pool to prevent the pipes or even the pool wall itself from becoming cracked or weakened if water freezes and expands inside. While you're at it, drain and cover outdoor faucets and irrigation systems, too.

Do I get a snow blower or snow shovel?

In climates where it gets cold and snowy, now is the time to prepare your snow removal tools. Snow blowers are great, but keep an ice scraper and snow shovel to clean trouble spots or chip away ice patches. Explore the best snow and ice removal tools for your home. Find lightweight cordless and electric snow blowers as well as gas snow blowers. Rock salt and ice melt can clear walkways with less effort and help keep you safer when you make quick trips to the mailbox. Prepare now before the snow starts falling.

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