Fall cleanup is an important step in keeping the landscape tidy and in reducing insect and disease infestations. Plant debris that is allowed to winter over on the ground may harbor insects or diseases, which will show up next season.
A pot of yellow mums adds fall color.
Here’s what to do:
- Remove any plant debris that has fallen to the ground.
- Cut back perennials close to the ground after they’ve been hit by frost or when they start to deteriorate. Some perennials, such as coneflowers, can be left upright as a winter food source for finches and other birds.
- Apply Preen Garden Weed Preventer to stop winter annual weeds from sprouting.
- Pull annuals from the beds and pots as they deteriorate. Replace with chrysanthemums, asters, snapdragons, pansies or other cool-weather plants for seasonal color.
- Pull vegetables from the garden as they stop producing.
- Fertilize the lawn in September and November. Greenview Fairway Formula Fall Fertilizer contains slow-release nitrogen, which provides the lawn with controlled, steady nutrition over 8 weeks, resulting in thicker, healthier grass.