Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Garden Clean-up Tips


Fall is the time to plant bulbs for next year's flowers. Planting bulbs about six weeks before the ground freezes is a good time to plant. You can trim your flowers in the fall or wait until early spring. Once the perennials have turned brown, you can cut the stalks (stems) to about 4 inches above the ground.
It is also a good time to check your soil's pH level. If it needs to be raised or lowered, the fall is the best time so it can work over the winter. You can get information about soil testing kits from  or

It is also important that you put away all the garden stakes, tie them together, stack the tomato cages together. Bring in clay pots because they can freeze and crack.

Lastly, clean your tools and prepare them for next year. Spray shovels, spades and hoes with an oil--cooking oil can be used. It keeps them from rusting and makes them easier to clean next year. Clean any tools you used for cutting plants, this keeps fungus or disease from this year's garden from getting into next year's garden, flowers and plants.



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