Fall Cleanup 

Autumn is a good time to enjoy the cooler days, to reflect on your garden’s successes, and to begin getting ready for winter.  Good fall prep gives a jump start to the next spring.

Here is a checklist of things to do:

  • Take Notes:
  • What worked well?
  • What things worked poorly?
  • Cull out the underperforming plants, some are old and some may just not be working.
  • What are your dreams for new plants?
  • Garden Tasks
    • Trim back the plants you’d like cleaned up, leave others tall for winter interest like Ornamental Grasses, Sedums, and Rubeckia.
    • This is a good time to make new flower beds.
    • Put finishing touches on mulching – maintain mulch at 2-4 inches.
    • Water well – give perennials a generous watering once a week.
    • Start thinking about which plants need winter protection.
    • Clean tools in warm soapy water.
    • Rinse & roll up hoses.
    • Sharpen tools.
    • Clean up power equipment.
  • Plant fall bulbs for a wonderful early spring display check out this link to last week’s blog on Planting Fall Bulbs Aug 29, 2017

Sources:  http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/perfall.html, http://extension.illinois.edu/gardenerscorner/issue_02/fall_07_05.cfm