Clay soil is often referred to as heavy. Water is absorbed slowly and spreads out, and clay can hold a lot of it. It’s best to water clay soils at a slow rate to allow it to soak in. Clay soil is prone to cracking when it dries out and roots can have a hard time penetrating it. The best amendments for clay soil are compost or organic matter to improve drainage.
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And lastly, on the flowers beds, I take the weed whacker and cut back all the perennials. Be sure to leave some seed heads for the birds. As a side note, I love, love, love this weed whacker. It’s lightweight and super easy to use (even for a girl). My hubs loves it too and has pretty much forsaken his gas powered beast for this battery powered one.

MADISON — Zoey Rugel: Fall garden cleanup. Today, we’re visiting with Brian Hudelson, Extension Plant Disease Specialist and Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and I’m Zoey Rugel. So, Brian, when is a good time to start fall garden clean up and when should you really be done by?

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In the spring, with just some simple prep, you’ll have an area that’s ready to plant. The soil has been fortified from the paper, leaves and grass clippings over the winter. I would recommend tilling the area to mix the leaves, paper and grass clippings into the soil. Then, with a little raking, you will have a blank slate in which to create your garden bed, whether it be for flowers, veggies or any other kind of garden.

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This is a really good question, Stev. And my answer is “it depends.” If you had a known pest issue, then you’d do best to pull the pest-infested veggie plants out of the garden in the fall, to prevent any of those pests or their eggs from overwintering in the garden. Same goes for any plants that were plagued by a fungal disease, like powdery mildew or blight. The veggie garden is really a different space, so I leave any plants that were healthy and fairly pest-free, but remove any that were in poor health. BUT, I always let all my herbs stand for the winter in the vegetable garden. I grow many herbs in a central island in my vegetable garden and those are left to stand through the winter for all of the reasons mentioned in this article. Thanks for the great question.

Before you forget your gardening successes and failures, now’s the time to log them in your gardening journal. If you don’t keep a formal gardening journal, just write up your notes and store them where you’ll find them. Write down what worked well and what didn’t, and what plants you hope to acquire and try next year. Now’s the time to jot down a quick garden sketch and note where you planted those spring bulbs, too. Nothing is worse than happily digging in the spring garden to plant a few pansies, only to realize you’ve dug up your prize tulips bulbs!

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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.
In the spring, with just some simple prep, you’ll have an area that’s ready to plant. The soil has been fortified from the paper, leaves and grass clippings over the winter. I would recommend tilling the area to mix the leaves, paper and grass clippings into the soil. Then, with a little raking, you will have a blank slate in which to create your garden bed, whether it be for flowers, veggies or any other kind of garden.
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Having your own garden irrigation system in place can actually save you money because you don’t have to use as much water. The system puts water directly on the roots of your plants, where it needs to go. So, you’re not wasting water by dribbling it all over your actual plant. And, you can set the system to water whenever it is needed so you don’t have to worry about trekking out to the garden with a garden hose or worse, buckets of water for your watering. And, if you like the thought of a self watering garden, then you are going to love these 15 DIY self watering planters for your potted plants.

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In established perennial beds that performed well the prior year, working in some additional compost around your plants to fertilize them and make the soil more friable is the best thing you can do (beyond the tasks already discussed). Also remove weed plants as you encounter them (plus old, dead growth you didn't remove in the fall): There's no sense in letting them get ahead of you.
Squash bugs overwinter as adults. They typically leave the plants to nestle under leaf litter and mulch. Aphids can overwinter as either adults or eggs. And how stinkbugs overwinter depends on the species. The trick is to aim for a balance, especially in the vegetable garden where pests can have a real economical impact. I’d suggest you get rid of any plants you know were heavily infested, but leave any “clean” plants intact because when you get rid of debris, you’re also getting rid of overwintering sites for the predatory beneficial insects that naturally help keep these common pests in check. You want the beneficials to stay in the garden so that you have a natural checks-and-balances system already in place if/when any pest insects survive the winter, too. It’s all about having a good balance.
I’ve read this article after reading about leaving the leaves. Thank you for all the information on WHEN to clean up the leaves, etc. Several articles out there about not raking in the fall, and none of them (but for this one) said when to do the actual raking and in what manner. And a lot of “Rake or you’ll kill the grass!” comments, that sent me on another wild goose chase.. only to find there are as many opposing opinions on that as there are in favor. Again, thank you for the details. Currently our lawn is buried in leaves. Hoping we’ll have a lawn come spring. ;p For now, we have tons of birds and wildlife out there. I love living on a house on a bluff.