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Four Quick Gardening Chores To Usher in Fall

On Sunday, we celebrate the first day of autumn, and here are four tips to get your tired summer garden and lawn in order so that it looks fabulous for fall, survives through winter and blooms beautifully next spring.

Lawn

1. Feed and weed your lawn. Look for a product like Scotts Super Turf Builder WinterGuard Fall Weed and Feed, but pay attention to what kind of grass you have and buy a product that is formulated for your specific turf. Also, keep small children and pets away from these products.

2. Plant your veggies. This is a good time to plant those seedlings so that you end up with a bounty of winter vegetables. Consider beets, broccoli and cabbage. Oh, and don’t forget the greens — collards and kale.

beets

3. Pop with color. Time to get rid of those faded summer blooms and replace them with vivid pansies, ornamental cabbages and mums. The lacy cabbages look beautiful in the ground or in pots on the front porch.

OrnamentalCabbage

4. Control those bugs. If you’re bringing potted plants indoors for the season, make sure that you’re also not bringing in unwanted visitors. This is the time to check out some insecticides, if needed.

Do you have tips for a healthy fall garden and lawn? We’d love to hear about them. If you have photos, send to socialmedia@ajc.com or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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