Fall Cleanup

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put away your gardening tools! There are lots of things to be done in the fall to prepare your landscape for next season! 

1. Keep Up on Maintenance

Keep mowing your lawn until the first frost, and check the yard over for weeds. Remove the weeds as needed, so they won’t return in the spring. As leaves fall, rake them regularly to keep the grass healthy underneath. Leaves can smother and kill your grass if left on the lawn, so make sure removal is part of your fall schedule. Pruning is also an important part of fall cleanup. Remove any dead or diseased wood. Also remove any branches that might become a safety hazard when the snow and ice come!

2. Plant for Spring Color

Plant bulbs now for spring bloom! Many bulbs can be planted in the fall including tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. When planting, make sure to plant only healthy bulbs! Any bulbs with soft or spongey feeling spots should be thrown away.

3. Prepare Your Deck or Patio

Remove furniture and store it for the winter. Before storing, clean the furniture properly. Then use a broom to sweep away leaves, needles, and other debris that can stain the surface of your outdoor area.

4. Care for Tools

Disconnect and drain hoses at the end of the season, then store them inside before winter. Sharpen or replace blades on any tools that cut or dig. Always make sure to wear heavy gloves to protect yourself while sharpening. 

5. Perennial Cleanup

Perennial cleanup is a personal preference. Some people like seeing perennials standing during winter, others don’t. If you do want to remove them, wait until after the plants have gone dormant, and cut down to within 2-3 inches of the crown. If you had perennials that were bothered by foliage diseases during the growing season, removing the old foliage can be beneficial. This reduces the amount of inoculum that is present to re-infest next year’s growth.

Garden Planning

Spring Cleanup!


One of the best ways to get in the "spring spirit" is to get the yard looking great. After a long winter, the lawn and
gardens may be looking a big ragged and weary. Use this checklist to help your landscaping look beautiful again!

1. Apply pre-emergent weed prevention, such as Preen, to planting beds. Rule of thumb for Preen is to apply on the
holiday schedule. This includes Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
2. Top dress with new mulch, a new 2" layer will help to keep the weeds down, and help beds to look fresh and new.
3. Cut back perennials and grasses, divide those that need it, set up plant supports on varieties that tend to flop (peony,
delphinium, etc.)
4. Make note of places you could use early spring color and plan to plant bulbs in the fall.
5. Fertilize trees, shrubs, fruits and perennials with a slow release formula to provide plants with nutrients for spring
6. Prune broken and diseased branches on all trees and shrubs.
7. Rake, thatch, and aerate the lawn. Reseed areas that were damaged during the winter.
9. Untangle your hoses and get them hooked up so they are ready to go when you need them.
10. Clean and repair statuary, birdbaths and feeders, and garden art, then place in the garden and enjoy!
12. Clean and reseal stonework. Check for frost heaving and repair if necessary.
13. Slowly acclimate annuals to get them used to direct sun and cooler temps.
14. Plant hardy veggies such as onions, potatoes, asparagus, artichokes, radishes and some lettuces.
15. Soak garden tools and pots in bleach water to disinfect.


As the season warms and the threat of frost passes, enjoy planting all the wonderful selections you've made from
catalogs and your spring shopping. Sit back, relax and enjoy your yard!

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