Fall arrived this week in the Madison area. Jada’s Garden crew is at the peak of fall garden cleanup and preparing flower beds for the winter months. In a typical Wisconsin garden we remove all annuals and cut back most perennials. Removing perennial plant debris is important to prevent diseases in the coming years. Most grasses can be left uncut and removed in the spring. Often times we lightly rake leaves, but leave some until the spring. Most shrub pruning has already been completed in the summer months. I like to leave rose bushes unpruned until the spring flush of growth appears and treat hydrangea and clematis the same way.
Now is the time to get your spring bulbs in before the ground freezes. This will give the bulbs the critical chilling period they need to stimulate proper growth and development.