Lists, lists, lists! You know I always have my house journal always at hand and so just to remind you about your Fall Cleanup! So pull out the rake,trimmers and gloves and the wheelbarrow and let's get moving...
Start by pulling out all of the summer annuals and weeds that may have crept in. Any dead leaves, foliage and spent stems can be put in compost.
Mulch all beds. A thickness of 3 inches is optimal. 2 inches is good and anything less will wash away with fall rains or winter snow. You want to keep a "blanket" around the base of your trees and shrubs for the winter and when spring and summer arrives, your mulch will hold down the moisture.
The perennials need to be looked over and raked around the base.
Prune if necessary to promote new growth in the spring.
Shrubs and trees need a trim and cut back.
Mulch all around the bases of trees
Plant your spring bulbs.
Make a note where you plant them in journal
Mow your lawn for the last time and fertilize
Rake up leaves for compost or bag up
Pull out the firewood rack
Check fences and gates for repair or oil hinges and outdoor lighting fixture for new bulbs.
Check cable wires and electrical. make sure they are clear of tree branches. Call utility company. DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF.
Clear path of any debris
After you are done, relax and let old man winter do his thing and know that you are set for the winter! questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include DWGE/Maggie in subject line