I’ve discovered the secret to fall garden clean up! As a result, my garden is as clean and ready for winter as it has ever been.
Lean in a little bit now and make sure no one is looking over your shoulder. Okay, ready to read about the secret?
There are actually two secrets.
The first secret is to have beautiful days on the weekends in November. This lures even the worst procrastinators out to the garden where they can’t help but pick up their pruners and start cutting back a few perennials here and there. Enough of that and before you know it, the garden is all cleaned up and ready for winter.
I honestly can not remember ever having such wonderful weather for fall clean up.
The second secret is to have and use good tools. Start with sharp pruners, a pair of well made gardening gloves and a chipper that is a dream to use. Throw in a Cobrahead hand weeder and you can easily tackle even the most overgrown and untended of flower borders.
I honestly believe that in anything you do, having good tools makes it much more enjoyable and easier, too.
These secrets are so powerful that if you aren’t careful, you may end up with a garden that is a bit too cleaned up for winter, with little left to provide winter interest. I came very close to that, but did manage to leave one stand of tall sedum, envisioning tufts of snow like cotton sitting on top of each flower.
Now as the sun sets on this gardening season, I can see and imagine the new garden that will take its place starting early next spring. I’m excited about it, have big ideas for it, and plan to make it my best garden yet.
All year, I dream of the days of May… let the dreaming begin.