If your garden was in good shape during the warm months this year, you still want to make sure that it stays in great shape for the next spring and summer season. That means you have to make an effort to clean your fall garden effectively so you can enjoy your garden when the nice weather rolls around next spring.
By the end of the summer, you will see that your garden is in a desperate need to be cleaned up before the winter comes!
It doesn't help either that the leaves are falling from your neighbour's overhanging trees and polluting it as well.
Not to mention, there are weed seeds in your garden that you will need to remove and secure there are no temptations for pests.
You also want to make sure you don't run into problems when it comes to diseases lurking around due to overwintering.
It is safe to say that an ineffective fall clean up will end up leading to serious problems with your garden when the weather warms up again.
You’ll want to enjoy the vegetables that you will want to grow from your garden again, as well as the new perennials.
The Steps To Clean Your Garden For The Winter
1. Old Leaves
The first thing you will want to do during the fall is to rake up old leaves and debris and make sure there are no traces of the old stuff left. That is because if the garbage is left behind, then that will be an invitation for pests, and it becomes a breeding ground for diseases since bacteria and fungal spores will be lurking and reproducing.
2. Compost pile
You will want to make sure as well that your compost pile is well maintained, so you don't have to worry about seed bloom and mold.
This means you will want to empty the compost pile and spread it. You can add nutrients and weed prevention to it as well when you spread it over the beds. Any compost that was not finished will have to go into the debris section with the raked leaves so they are all removed.
3. Don’t Trim Your Plants And Hedges
Another thing is to not give in to the temptation of shaping and trimming your plants and hedges. Because at this point, all that will do is add to the debris that will need to be removed as soon as possible. You will be creating more work for yourself if you start trimming and shaping everything now.
When Do You Start Doing Your Fall Cleanup?
If you are unsure of when to clean up your garden for the winter, you can start doing your fall cleanup when the vegetation stops producing. If your flowers are no longer blooming and your plants are no longer growing, and are starting to die off, then it is time to do the cleaning up. You will also want to clean out bulbs and remove any type of plant that will not survive the winter.
Remember, if you are afraid of not doing an effective cleanup, you can always hire a landscaper that will do the best job for you. This way, you will be able to relax and then look forward to enjoying your garden when next spring rolls around!