It may be the end of fall, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be keeping your soil happy and healthy. According to Envirotech, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your garden is ready come spring.
Pull Those Dying Plants
Envirotech recommends that you pull up plants that have had disease or insect problems. You do not want those diseases or pests sitting there all winter. Burn or bag up diseased and bug-ridden plants keeping them well clear of your compost pile.
Pare the Perennials
After the first hard frost, cut your perennials back to about six inches tall. Cutting back to early will not give the upper plant the energy it needs to get through the winter. Wait until the plant has died and then start cutting back.
Get Rid of Slimy Leaves
While you are pruning and cutting make sure that you get rid of the slimy leaves after the first hard frost. Leaving the slime allows for bugs and disease to enter the plant during the winter. Those pesky critters love slime. Dig out your weeds and give the garden just enough water to keep your plants nice and moist during the colder months.
Keep your Pretty Plants Tall and Standing
Plants that stand up straight, such as coneflowers, sunflowers, blackberry lilies and thistles have interesting seed heads and can provide sanctuary and food for nesting birds and butterflies. Cutting everything down to the ground could eliminate your crop of butterflies in the spring and summer.
Cover it Up
Spreading compost over your garden or composted manure will enrich your soil. Without compost, your soil may become depleted. Good compost that contains grass, leaves and straw is a great way to keep your soil healthy during the winter.
This winter keep your soil and your garden happy with Envirotech.