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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Tips for fall gardening

The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling, and the rainy season is upon us.


While not the ideal season for gardening, taking time this fall to give your lawn the attention and care it needs will help it be ready to bloom beautifully next spring.


The Portland Water Bureau has tips and tricks to prepare your gardens for the colder seasons:

  1. Make your own mulch by composting leaves and other garden debris. It’ll be great to use in the spring!
  2. Plant ‘waterwise’ plants. Perfect for fall rainy weather, waterwise plants require lots of water while being established. Afterwards, it needs less water than traditional plants, meaning less watering in the warmer months.
  3. Winterize your automatic sprinkler system. Empty the sprinklers of water, and don’t forget to turn them off. This will help prevent pipes from breaking during freezing temperatures – and may end up saving your money!

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.