Putting garden to bed gets a jump on spring
GROWING CONCERNS Sitting on the deck with my family on Thanksgiving weeking, I realized it was time to put the garden to bed.
The phrase means something different to everyone. For me it means doing an almost ruthless clean up and cut back of plants in the garden.
For many gardeners our to do list in the spring is so long, the more we do in the fall the faster we can get going in the spring.
I hate the damage rodents can do to my garden if I don’t cut things back in the fall.
So here is a list of what I do in the fall. from pots and the garden.
I do leave a few things standing for the birds such as black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia), coneflower (echinacea), and sedum to name a few. I also leave a few of my taller grasses standing for winter interest and because their seed heads feed the birds in the cold months.
When I say cut back perennials, I mean remove all the foliage to about five to seven centimetres off the ground. I make sure all weeds I find along the way are removed too. I even cultivate the soil gently so the fall rains have a chance to penetrate. (above) before all the seed pods bust, saving me from having to weed out millions of seedlings in the spring. spring before I prune them. If you are unsure when to prune a plant, the safest bet is to prune as soon as they are done flowering. You can take up to half the growth off the plant at that time. any tools. rid of anything I did not use this year. (You will be surprised the stuff that finds its way in the shed when you are not looking.) grass at least one more time before the snow falls, but I do switch the snow blower for the lawnmower in the garage while the weather is nice. There is nothing worse then having to dig the snow blower out of the shed to be able to use it. I also have the snow blower serviced now so it is good to go. I will have the lawn mower done at the same time so it is ready in the spring. The most important thing with the lawn mower is to have the blades sharpened.
Now, I will be ready, come spring, to get down to planting and caring for my oasis.