No one ever wants to mention the end of summer, and for Treasure Valley homeowners, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy fun in the sun, but even with temps staying high, it’s important to remember that the warm weather will cool down—even in Idaho. While cooler temperatures might sound like a great thing right now for Treasure Valley homeowners, it is important to be aware of how these climate changes will affect one’s garden, and what can be done to wrap up garden maintenance tasks—and also have some fun with your garden—when the colder months come around. Here are just a few pointers:
1. If you’ve ever heard of the Southern tradition of “passalong plants,” this is a great way to make use of succulents that would die in the cold months if kept outdoors. By simply repotting some of these plants—including aloe, agave and cactus—you can have great gifts for your friends and neighbors who might have less of a green thumb.
2. Sustain your lawn by giving it a layer of shredded grass clippings or wood chip. This can help blanket it naturally from the harsh winter elements, and could pay off when spring comes around.
3. Get rid of as many weeds as possible, as destroying weeds now could stop hundreds of them from cropping up in your home’s lawn at the beginning of the next warm season.
4. To keep your lawn looking aesthetically fresh in the cool months, consider uprooting annuals that have begun to fade and replacing them with plants and flowers like mums that adapt better to the cool air and still can showcase some color and vibrancy in your garden.
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