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Fall Garden Clean Up Guide

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Turn your garden from flat to fabulous when you follow our fall garden clean up guide. Giving your garden the TLC it needs now will pay off next spring and for years to come. 

Why Clean Up the Garden in the Fall?

While your garden overwinters, pests, weeds, wild animals, and the weather could be hard at work creating havoc, damaging plants and reducing soil quality. This will affect the beauty and success of your garden even into the summer season.

Reduce the potential for damage to your garden now, while nurturing the best environment, and you and your garden will be a lot better off later. 

Fall Garden Tips: Cleanup

  • Remove spoiled fruit and rotten berries from the ground, especially around trees and plantings. By doing this, you reduce the risk of infestations that could last all winter.
  • Clean out the weeds and the annuals now, before their seeds drop. Pull as many weeds as you can, and make sure to get them at the roots. 
  • Remove dead branches from trees, but do not prune live ones.
  • Build or install a compost bin to collect the fall leaves, grass cuttings and clean kitchen peelings. In the spring, you will have natural, nutritious compost. 
  • Rake leaves away from sensitive plantings, such as apple trees and roses. The powdery mildew, and other diseases, that tend to collect on old leaves can cause damage. 
  • Remove diseased plants and toss them. Do not compost these. 

Fall Garden Tips: Protecting

  • Plan out the next season’s garden with crop rotation in mind.
  • Mulch after the after ground freezes to prevent frost heaves. 
  • Use deer netting or fencing to protect your plants from winter hungry deer. 
  • Cut back spent perennials. This will reduce the chance that they will provide a habitat for slugs and snails, as well as prevent problem seeds from invading your garden.  
  • Dig up and store delicate bulbs. 
  • Winterizing any garden features, such as water gardens, water fountains and water falls that do not have heaters. 
  • Remove delicate garden decorations, such as balls and birdhouses that might be damaged by heavy wind or snow. 

Fall Garden Tips: Planting

  • Planting cover crops will protect the soil and correct it, if it has become compact. 
  • Mulch your soil with natural materials to keep and improve soil quality. You can use weeds to mulch, but stay away from any that bear seeds.
  • You can leave any dried flowers, seed heads or ornamental grasses that are attractive. They will provide some winter interest to your garden and attract birds. 
  • Plant your hearty spring blooming bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips. 
  • Divide perennials that have gotten to large. Dividing them now will give the plants a chance to grow new, strong roots. 
  • Plant or move trees and shrubs, but make sure they are ones that do well with a late fall Planting. Contact a landscaping expert for advice and assistance. 
  • Clean all of your planting tools using vegetable oil. Handles can be gently cleaned with sandpaper. 





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