Each season requires different cleaning and care techniques for your plants – but no matter what season it is, your garden will always need a little TLC. In the fall, things seem to calm down some. This means fewer pests, weeds, and diseases that will attack your plants. Here are some tips to clean up your garden and make sure it thrives this season.
Easy Steps for Fall Garden Cleanup
- Get rid of all the rotten fruit that has fallen to the ground—infestations can last through the winter.
- Apply mulch to your garden – this will help to maintain soil quality. Consider using weeds without with seeds, cocoa hulls, grass clippings, leaves, and straw.
- To fix any soil compaction, plant cover crops after harvest.
- Rotate your plants – this will throw off any pathogens.
- Mulch after the ground freezes to protect perennials from frost heaving.
Take the following 11 steps to make sure your garden is nice and tidy:
- Clean out old annuals and weeds before seeds drop.
- Trim spent perennials that can be used as hiding places for slugs, snails, and other pests.
- Leave dried flowers, ornamental grasses, and seed heads that appear healthy – this is great good for birds!
- Plant a fall cover crop.
- Put together a simple compost bin for fall leaves. You can add fresh leaves and grass cuttings to your compost and keep it covered until spring comes around.
- Rake and get rid of of leaves around your plants that are susceptible to powdery mildew and other pests and diseases.
- Remove diseased foliage immediately to prevent the spread of plant disease. Absolutely do not toss the infected plants in the compost.
- Remove dead branches from roses and fruit trees, but don’t prune yet.
- Mulch the garden with chopped-up leaves and grass clippings.
- Plant bulbs.
- Clean your tool blades with vegetable oil and handles with sandpaper.
If you find that your plants have become infected with mold, mildew, or other plant diseases, you can treat them with Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way uses natural ingredients to fight off plant diseases and bring them back to health. Once treated, apply Green Thumb to your plants on a regular basis. Green Thumb repels pests, mold, mildew and other plant diseases while benefiting your foliage with the use of natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil.