GARDENING TIPS FOR FALL
Cut back diseased perennials and destroy their debris.
- Pull out annuals unless the seeds provide food for the birds.
- Pull out weeds.
- Clean and sharpen tools like pruners, hoes, shovels, etc.
- Apply tree guards to protect trees from deer and rabbit damage in winter.
- Keep applying animal repellants.
- If you like to “fall” clean your flower garden, consider leaving these perennials* as they do better with spring pruning or else they provide food for the birds.
- If you like to “spring” clean your flower garden, consider pruning these perennials** in fall as they will benefit from fall pruning.
- Remove dead branches from your roses and shrubs.
- Apply compost if your soil needs amending.
- *Prune these perennials in fall:
Bearded iris Catmint (nepeta) Blanket flower (gaillardia)
Columbine (aquilegia) Daylily Golden Marguerite (anthemis)
Anemone Painted Daisy (tanacetum) Penstemon
Peony Phlox Salvia
**Prune these perennials in spring:
Artemisia Asters Astile
Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia) Beebalm (monarda) Butterfly bush (buddleia)
Butterfly weed (asclepia) Campanula Cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis)
Coral bells Cushion spurge (euphorbia) Delphinum
Dianthus Foamflower (tiarella) Foxglove (digitalis)
Bleeding heart (dicentra) Gayfeather (liatris) Hosta
Bugloss Lady’s Mantle Lupines
Chrysanthemum Oriental poppy Pincushion (scabiosa)
Coneflowrs (echinacea) Russian sage (pervoskia) Tickseed (coreopsis)