The perennial garden can be raked, weeded and cut back in most zones. Zones below USDA plant hardiness zone 7 can leave the debris as protective cover for tender perennials. All other areas will benefit from fall clean up, both visually and as a time saver in spring. Cleaning up garden perennials allows you to catalogue your plants as you make plans for ordering and acquiring new items.
1. Rake the leaves on your lawn. This will allow your lawn to breathe by not being weighed down by heavy, wet leaves. Not picking up your leaves could also promote disease growth in your yard, which could also spread to your flower beds or vegetable garden. Raking and bagging your leaves now will save time come spring when you are ready to dig in and start your spring planting.

Fall garden cleanup can make spring gardening a treat instead of a chore. Garden clean up can also prevent pests, weed seeds and diseases from overwintering and causing problems when temperatures warm. Cleaning out the garden for winter also allows you to spend more time on the fun aspects of gardening in spring and provides a clean slate for perennials and vegetables to grow.
Irrigation timers connect directly to a water source and allow timed release of water through a drip system, soaker hose or regular garden hose. Knowing that your plants are getting watered regularly while you’re away or are too busy to do it yourself can be a relief. However, remember that a basic timer without a rain sensor will still keep its watering cycle even on rainy days.
Seasonal color throughout the year gives landscapes unique contrast that improves the first impression of the home or business. No matter what season, Lawn and Landcare can offer your property creative combinations of plants and flowers that will make your property stand out with climate adapted annuals that give a unique overall appearance to the property

Now that spring is on our doorstep, many of us are getting anxious to head out to the garden and clean things up. I know I am. We see all the dead ornamental grass stalks, the spent perennial stems, and the autumn leaves collected in our gardens and they give us spring fever. We want to bolt outside and spring clean the garden as soon as we can because we know that as the days get warmer, there will be more and more gardening chores to do. But, don’t head out with your favorite clippers and rake just yet! There’s a right way and a wrong way to do a spring garden clean up.