Many of us have eliminated our thorough fall garden cleanup in an effort to be more environmentally conscious. Leaving tree litter and hollow stems provides shelter for insects over the winter.
While sustaining your garden’s natural ecosystem is important, there are still a few tasks you can do to maintain your yard before tucking away the tools for the year.
Plant and lawn care
Perennials gone to seed will feed birds, so there’s no need to cut back plants until mid-spring. However, leaving huge piles of leaves on the lawn can damage the grass beneath. Move them to a compost pile where they will break down or use them as mulch in your vegetable beds.
Pull vegetables and annual plants, such as petunias and impatiens. Remove any rotting fruit, whichmay attract bugs and rodents that harbour diseases that can affect next year’s crops. Turn the soil to refresh the ground for next season’s planting.
Autumn is the ideal time to plant garlic, onion and shallots in your vegetable garden.
It’s also a great time to plan for spring blooms. Tulip, daffodil and snowdrop bulbs are readily available at your local garden centre or you can order them online.
With these few simple tasks, you’ll ensure your yard is both eco-friendly and ready for the upcoming season.
What to protect and stow away:
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