The cool weather is beginning to take over and you can feel the change in the air. It’s time for all those fun winter holidays that get you excited and your heart pumping, but before the festivities begin, you must make sure that things are in tiptop condition. Take notes from the ultimate fall garden cleanup guide to prepare for the upcoming winter.
Time to clean and organize
Just like the spring cleaning phenomenon, the fall calls for some special cleaning care that will give your surroundings a bit of warmth.
Start by checking your gutters and clean out all the leaves and debris that may be stuck in them. This is pretty important because if water is unable to run smoothly from your gutters, it could cause damage to your roof.
Check your garden for pests and do what is necessary to rectify the problem. Discard old plants that may provide hiding places for pests that may destroy your garden. Rake around your rose bushes and other plants to help prevent that grey powdery mildew.
If you have fruit trees, remove all of the old rotting fruit from the ground as well as dead branches, to diminish infestations. Check your garden for old rotting diseased vegetables and dispose of them. Do not use these fruits and veggies for your compost.
Use your leaves and grass clippings to mulch and help your soil to rejuvenate in your garden. You can mulch around your perennials after the ground freezes to give them some warmth.
This is a good time to rotate your crop to confuse pathogens.
If you have berry bushes or other ornamentals, you can protect them from being eaten by deer with deer netting.
Start brand new
This is a great time to start a compost pile, so find a spot to begin composting and by spring you will have a fresh pile of compost for your garden. You may choose to use a bin with a lid, which would help to get things warmed up and make processing a little easier.
You can help the birds prepare for winter as well by leaving your plants with seed heads, old dried flowers, and ornamental grasses for them to pick over.
Start planting those spring bulbs so you will have beautiful flowers to look forward to in the spring.
Plant some fall crops that will be beneficial for you and your family.
When you are done with all of the outdoor cleaning, don’t forget to clean your tools and put them in their place. Now go inside and proceed to clean your dirty house too, because of all that time you just spent outside you neglected to keep your living quarters clean. It’s a big job but somebody has to do it. That is the joys of being a homeowner.