Perennial Beds Attended in the Autumn

While you have been preserving the bountiful harvest, you may have been neglecting your perennial beds and strawberry plants which should get some attention before the frost comes. Once the killing frost comes, strawberry plants can no longer be weeded. The strawberry plants tend to get ripped out with the weeds once they have gone dormant because their roots are not deep.

Be certain you have removed the dried flower stalks from your day lilies.  If you have flags or irises, you can cut them down to about three inches from the ground. Rake your flower beds to clean up any debris.

If you have a compost pile with composted material in it yet, fall is the time to spread the remainder of the pile on your garden and flower beds. Preparation is one of the keys to success in life. Autumn is the time to prepare the garden for next year. Pull all the weeds. Pull the dead plants. Be careful to leave perennials untouched. Turn the soil in your gardens and flower beds. If you have room, you can make a compost pile by combining all the weeds, dead plants, leaves and even vegetable scraps from the kitchen.  Pile all those things together, water it thoroughly, and let it decompose over the winter. If you do not have much room in your yard, you can compost fallen leaves in a garbage bag. Have fun enjoying the outdoors. Breathe in the fresh air and count your blessings.