How to Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

Now that we are past the peak of summer, the days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are slowly dropping. Just because fall is around the corner doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your gardening until spring. In fact, there are a few actions you can take that will get your garden ready for fall—and primed for spring planting.

1. Out with the old

Bulbs of flowers and heather seedlings ready for autumn planting.

Trim back perennials that have gone dormant and remove all dead plants and annuals. Add these bits to your compost pile for next season, but make sure you put any diseased foliage in a separate trash bin so that it doesn’t reinfect your plants next season. Consider leaving fallen leaves for pollinators and other wildlife through the cold winter.

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