You have carefully tended your garden all spring and summer, now is the time to clean up for fall.
- Remove all annuals and any debris and rake leaves that may encourage pests or damage to plant roots.
- Some perennials are best cut back in the fall to avoid disease, especially bee balm, phlox, and hosta. However, many perennials can be left to cut back in the spring, especially those with bountiful seedheads such as coneflowers or rudbeckia, as the birds will enjoy their seeds through winter.
- Cover ponds to protect them from falling leaves.
- Clean birdhouses and feeders so they can provide a safe and clean environment for animals throughout the winter.
- Bring in seeds and herbs for drying and use for next year.
- Remove the last of your vegetables and fallen fruit. This will prevent pests from causing damage to your garden over the winter.
- Give your lawn a final shorter than usual cut and ensure it isn’t spilling into your garden where it could create spaces for pests to hide or nest.
- Dig up summer bulbs and tubers for replanting in the spring. This includes varieties such as Canna, Dahlia, and Gladiolus. Store them in a cool, dry place as heat will lead to early spouting and moisture will lead to rotting. Store bulbs over winter in paper bags, or boxes with holes for circulation. They can be covered with peat moss, vermiculite or saw dust to keep them dry. Air circulation is key to prevent rotting.
- Protect concrete décor pieces such as statues and birdbaths. Speak to a team member at your local Sheridan Nurseries for what is best for your unique pieces.