Preparing your garden for rain, cool weather this fall


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – If you haven’t spent the time to prepare your garden or yard for the Pacific Northwest fall weather, now is the time before it becomes too wet.

October is an important month to work in the yard and set up for success come spring. Why? Well, the temperatures take a quick drop and the amount of water that we start to see starts to add on up (check out tip number four in the video above).


Start preparing your gardens and your yards by insulating. Portland Nursery suggests that you mulch your beds. They say you can use most leaves, you can also use compost, bark, straw, or other materials.

Why should you mulch your beds? This will help hold rainwater in and it also keeps conditions warmer. It’s also a great time to fix up drainage issues with your yard, garden, or even your potted plants. In fact, many plants that may be in heavy clay pots that spend time outdoors could clog up or have drainage problems. It’s also a great time to start clearing things out, such as the dead leaves around your roses, since they can eventually cause fungal issues.


Fall is the time for getting bulbs in the ground. If you haven’t tried, you can plant garlic cloves or onion sets now. Portland Nursery says you can plant these just like other bulbs. The key to success is to make sure that you have good drainage and also a thin layer of mulch. It’s also a great time to make sure you have your trees and shrubs planted in the fall to give the roots time to settle in before the heat of summer.


Who has palm trees? They aren’t as popular as our special roses, but you do find palm trees from place to place. If you are new to palm trees, or possibly you just moved into a new location that had palm trees in place, Portland nursery suggests wrapping them in burlap for the cold.

How about bamboo? Now is a good time to thin out the old canes, which will help during wind storms and allow for new growth when the time comes. This brings us to an important idea as we enter the fall, preparing for windstorms. With strong windstorms, it is advised to go back through your structures and make sure they are secure.

Additionally, if you have any potted plants that are outside, to make sure they are in a place of safety or secured down so you don’t end up with a broken pot from the wind. Also, it’s suggested to doublecheck your plants that may be under a canopy or awning. Although we have a good amount of rain in the fall and winter, those that are covered, may actually still need to be watered.

If you’re interested in other unique ideas for fall planting, you can visit this link here.

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