As blooms and foliage begin to fall and fade, it’s time to begin considering a rousing game of fall cleanup! Not only will it make Spring planting a cinch, a bit of raking and deadheading can get you moving and staying toasty warm!
For starters, begin by raking up any dead leaves or debris that have settled around the base of your plants. This is a great opportunity to add a fresh layer to your compost pile for use in the Spring, as well as help deter pests and diseases from setting up shop.
After raking, it’s an opportune time to clearly see any remaining weeds that can be pulled up.
Next, take some time to cut back any perennials that need it. Most perennials can be cut down to just a few inches once they’ve completely died back (make sure the plant is completely brown before doing any cutting to ensure all of its energy has gone back to its roots). If you’re unsure about how to cut back a certain plant, come in and ask us!
Finally, take care with any fragile plants that are risky to keep outside over winter. Tuber plants like canna lilies or banana plants will need to be dug up, as well as spring bulbs to help preserve them for success next season. Store them separately in a brown paper bag in a dry place where they will not freeze. A basement or garage will work fine.
With a little elbow grease and forethought, managing your garden can get a little easier!