Getting Ready for FALL!– Helpful Hints
Clean out old annuals and weeds before seeds drop.
Cut back spent perennials that create hiding places for slugs, snails, and other pests. Prevent problem seeds from spreading.
Leave dried flowers, ornamental grasses, and seed heads that look good and provide food for birds.
Plant trees and shrubs.
Build a simple compost bin for fall leaves. Add fresh leaves and grass cuttings to your compost and cover until spring.
Rake up and dispose of leaves around roses, apple trees, and plants susceptible to powdery mildew and other pests and diseases that overwinter on debris.
Remove diseased tomato, potato, and squash foliage to prevent disease. Do not toss these plants in the compost. Bag and discard.
Remove dead branches from roses and fruit trees (no pruning yet).
Mulch the garden with chopped-up leaves and grass clippings.
Plant spring bulbs.