For most areas of the country, the long, hot summer is rapidly coming to a close. With cooler weather on the horizon, it is time to transition to fall gardening activities and set the stage for winter and a successful spring garden for next year. There are a number of things you can be doing to ensure that successful transition so that you can “put your garden to bed” for the winter.
This can be a bit tiresome, but now is the time to get it done if you’ve been putting it off. Do yourself (and your garden) a favor and take care of it now. Do it before those weeds release a million seeds into the fall wind to spread throughout your garden, making more work for you come springtime.
Remove debris and spent flowers
Many veggies and annuals don’t come back each year like perennials, so yank them out by their roots and throw them on your compost pile. Be sure to not include any diseased parts. This activity also provides room for plants to thrive later. You don’t want available space choked with dead plant material in the spring.
Take this time to clear out debris in your garden. Whether you realize it or not, those dead branches and leaves can be a haven for garden pests and diseases that will overwinter in your garden, only to turn active in the spring. The more clearing you do now, the less you will have to do in spring when your time is better spent on other gardening tasks.A