As the summer fades into the sunset, our gardens need some final preparation before winter comes. Here are a few steps to take so that next spring you will be ready to start again!
Clean Up Plants - Remove all annual plants. Mow over some vegetable plants is you can, if not pull them up. Perennial plants can stay as is. You may be able to harvest some perennial herbs throughout the winter and the others will continue to give nutrients to the soil of your garden and landscape beds. Make sure you get rid of all weeds as well.
Care in Place - Add compost to perennial sites so it can sink in well over the winter and if fall is particularly dry in your area, water those areas well before winter sets in.
Clean Up Tools - All tools should be wiped down after using, but, make sure before packing away at the end of the season you scrub, dry and and protect them with a little WD 40 rubbed on blades etc. Also, any pots need to be emptied in the compost pile and then the pots scrubbed out with a wire brush then put up for the winter to avoid cracking. Big galvanized tubs are good to hold smaller pots, bags of soil and mulch.
Now your garden can rest for the winter and be ready for a great spring and summer season next year!