Finally some cool weather. While I will be planting many plants like pansies soon, cleaning the garden needs to be done before planting. Weeding is especially important, as many of them have produced copious amounts of seeds that will germinate next year. Damn weed (that’s what folks call it) is the worst of the weeds in my garden, so I try to pull every one, even the tiniest I see, up by the roots. If not, I will be invaded next year. Be sure to dig out nut grass and remove the nut like nodule on the root, if you do not want to deal with it next year. Other chores are to remove all the hydrangea blooms that have died or faded. If they are the florist type remember that next year’s blooms occur on the stems that the plant has now, not the new shoots next spring. So if you cut the bloom stems to the ground, chances are you will not have blooms next year. On perennials that put up scapes or tall flower stems, be sure and cut them to the ground once they have finished blooming. Wait to remove leaves until they are killed by frost. This is one of many chores that needs to be done. One thing I would wait on doing is to mulch. Wait until the leaves fall, and then the fresh mulch will look good all winter.
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