After a long hot summer, we’re finally heading into fall. What does this mean for the garden? For starters, we have a couple of months of mild weather and your landscape will come alive again with perennial blooms. But it’s the last show of color before the plants tuck in for the winter. This is the time to begin to prepare for the winter and also for the spring. This is an excellent time to mulch. By adding 3 to 4 inches of composted manure/wood chips or chipped leaves, you will be adding not only insulation to your planting beds, but when the rains come and the mulch decomposes, minerals and delicious bacteria will seep into the soil giving your garden/landscape a head start in the spring! My favorite go-to person for composted manure/wood chips is Carol – the Compost Lady. If you are in the Sacramento area, you can contact her at: (916)397-2854.