“This has been the best year for tomatoes I’ve ever seen!” – our friend Tom.
It’s October, which hopefully means – if you’re anything like Tom – you’ve been stuffing yourself silly with high quality garden produce all spring and summer. It also means that now is the time to lay back, put your feet up, and let the weeds take over your garden until March – am I right?
If you want the best spring bounty and/or lawn you can get next year, NOW is the time for action. Adding compost to your soil in autumn will strengthen roots for the winter, and save you a lot of work in the spring.
There’s a reason we got into the composting business. It’s gold! (Black gold, to be precise.) While there’s no “bad time” to add compost to your lawn or garden, autumn is a particularly good time to use compost to prepare your soil for the winter ahead. If Ron Krupp says so, it must be true!
According to our friends over at Gardener’s Supply, mixing compost into your garden soil before the cold sets in “makes a huge difference in its ability to retain water, support healthy plant growth, and help your plants fend off diseases, pests and other stresses…
“As you remove spent crops from the vegetable garden, use a garden fork to loosen the soil, and mix in a 3″ to 4″ layer of compost. While soil temperatures are still warm, the nutrients and organic matter in the compost will stimulate microbes and other beneficial organisms. Tired, end-of-season soil will be refreshed and renewed when spring comes around.”
Compost is great for winterizing flower beds, too. The people behind New York Compost Project suggest applying “a one-inch layer of compost as a mulch to protect plant roots from freezing and to conserve moisture.”
Of course, don’t skimp on your lawn! According to Lawn Care Academy:
“The best single time of the year for top dressing lawns is in the fall for cool season grasses and in the spring for warm season grasses. This also allows you to combine other cultural practices, such as overseeding, with the top dressing for the best results.”
So don’t put your feet up just yet!
Spend a little extra time giving your soil some attention this autumn- next spring, you’ll find out just how “fruitful” composting in the fall can be!