Fall bulb planting and tree planting is rapidly approaching. You might not think so, with temperatures hitting 90 once again this week, but fall is just around the corner. 

With the sweet relief of cooler temperatures the beauty of changing leaves comes the time to do a number of fall garden maintenance activities. These activities include:

• Fertilizing your lawn — feed the roots for healthy shoots in spring.

• Reseeding or overseeding your lawn — fix up those bare spots that you might have gotten during our dry July with seed adapted for whatever light conditions you have in your yard.

• Planting nursery stock — dig up a roomy spot for the root ball, plant at the same depth it grew at the nursery, and water liberally as temperatures cool.

• Harvest fall fruits — many fruits, like raspberries, grapes, and apples come ripe in the fall, so make sure to reap what you’ve sown.

• Practice good sanitation — clean up any fallen fruits on the ground and any vegetable residue. This will help keep diseases out of your garden and fruit plantings next year.

These and other late-season lawn and garden activities will keep you busy this year, but make sure to mark your calendars for the Montgomery County Master Gardeners’ Fall Plant Exchange, which will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5. The plant exchange is a great opportunity for you to interact with your local Master Gardeners and ask those fall gardening questions you’ve had on your mind. 

You can meet the Master Gardeners during the plant exchange at the Fairgrounds in the Pork Producers stand, located on the south side of the fairgrounds between the extension office and the Junior Leaders stand.

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