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How to Prep Your Garden for Winter

Ah Fall, what an incredible time of year! Autumn is settling in over the Midwest, and with it comes promises of tree foliage exploding with vivid colors, bond fires with friends and family, and holiday traditions to celebrate. With all of the excitement that Fall brings, it’s far too easy to get caught up in all the activities and neglect lawn and garden cleanup duties that need to be finished before the first frost hits. While these basic steps can be irksome, they ensure that all of the hard work you invested in early spring and summer was not wasted. Let’s take a look at some simple Fall Garden Cleanup tricks that will save you time and money in the upcoming growing season.

First, if your garden has suffered a bout of late blight, the time to act is now! Remove all plant parts, including bits of vegetables and leafy material, double bag it and send it off with the trash. The live spores snuggled in the plant matter are extremely difficult to kill, so removal is the only sure way to rid your garden of the disease. Once the food source is removed, the live spores will die in the winter months. While you’re at it, remove any diseased foliage from your flowerbeds and get it out to the trash as well; your roses and peonies will thank you for it.

Speaking of flowers, consider leaving your seed and berry-producing flowers out for the birds, and other wildlife, to snack on rather than throwing them out. You’ll enjoy watching nature thrive in your own back yard and feel good about helping the little guys out during the cold winter months.

It is also a good idea to consider leaving certain vegetables in the ground over the winter months, to help control pests. Veggies such as kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and radishes will attract wire worms during the winter months, but as the vegetables decompose in the springtime, they release cyanide compounds that will kill off the destructive worms. It’s a win-win situation.

There are plenty of other ways to handle your own Fall Garden Cleanup, including leaf and tree limb disposal, and the people at Rick’s Tree Service are here to help. Stop by your local tree service website, Rick’s Tree Service, and see how this family-owned and operated company can make your Fall clean-up routine a little easier.

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