“Leave the garden in autumn the way you wish to find it in spring” is one of those annoying old sayings that makes perfect sense. Alas, here in New York’s Hudson Valley, we never know when the first snow will fall. And if the snow falls before the leaves do, well, we’re totally screwed until spring. Here’s what I’ve managed so far:
Because autumn leaves are very important to me, I had them mowed, and thus shredded, by our lawn service on Monday. They were mowed yet again on Tuesday, and sucked into large bags attached to the mower.
And now the fun work can begin!
Mulching, for me, starts with newspaper and cardboard. Why? Because the material eliminates weeds for an entire season.
True Confession: Last fall, I did not mulch my roses as described above.
Can you guess what happened?
Nearly half of my rose shrubs perished during the long, brutally-cold winter.
Shall I tell you why?
Because this morning (Friday), I awoke to find…
How’s your own autumn clean-up coming along? Do you still have leaves to shred? Annuals to pull? Perennials to cut back? Talk to me in the comments field below.
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