Now that it's getting cold (and rainy!), it's time to get your garden ready for a long winter nap. Here's our checklist of the 10 things you should do before the frost sets in, so your precious flowers and plants will be up and growing as soon as spring hits.
10 MUST-DO TASKS
2. TIDY BEDS. Cut back spent perennials after the first frost and pull up annuals. Leave some plants with beautiful seed heads, such as grasses and sedums, for winter interest and to help feed the birds.
3. WEED. Get a head start on spring, when weeds are potentially most harmful, by ridding beds of weeds in fall. Be certain to pull the entire root out of the ground. Avoid using harmful pesticides, and get ideas for safe pest control from motherearthnews.com.
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