Fall Garden Cleanup Checklist


James WhiteWith cooler weather approaching, most of us are done with our blood-sweat-and-tears gardening for the year, but that doesn’t mean we put away our tools just yet. A little fall prepping will get you off to a great start in spring.

Disease Cleanup

Had a bout of late blight this season? Removing all traces of infected plants is crucial to a healthy garden next year.

  • Remove all plant parts and leafy material, pieces of tomatoes or undug potatoes.
  • Unless you know you can assure a temperature of 130-140 degrees through composting, double bag the debris and toss it in the trash – your compost won’t get hot enough to destroy the disease.
  • Rotate crops to reduce chance of this problem again next year.
  • Disinfect any tools used during this process so disease isn’t spread to other plants or areas of the garden.
  • Weed and clean up foliage around plants and flowers that may carry disease.

cleaning out the garden | Fotolia/alisonhancock

Photo: Fotolia/alisonhancock

Soil Test

The end of the season can be the perfect time to get a soil test and see how your soil is faring, what it needs and how you can get it ready for spring planting.

Mark Wayne
9/17/2020 4:12:37 PM

Leaving the leaves if beneficial for bees, butterflies and other insects. Don't rake or blow.

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