Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time to clear up your flowerbeds in preparation for winter.
Your flowerbeds will benefit greatly from your attention to detail this fall when you tidy out the annuals, perennials, and bushes that will be growing in them next year. Plus, it can be a major factor in avoiding weeds next year.
1. Get Rid of Your Fading Annuals
The overwintering of dead and rotting plant foliage in flowerbeds can lead to serious problems in the spring. More specifically, when it comes to annual flowers!
The flower heads of annuals like petunias, marigolds, and impatiens are covered with seed pods. The seed heads will overwinter and produce new plants as volunteer weeds in the next growing season. The dying foliage also provides the ideal environment for the spread and survival of pests and diseases.
Whenever you notice your annual plants beginning to fade, it’s time to pull them out of the flowerbeds and replace them. You can use the plant’s remaining foliage as compost once you cut off the seed heads.
Also, take down any annuals you may have planted in containers and placed near your flower beds. The seed pods are easily carried by the wind to neighboring flowerbeds, where they will germinate and cause the same problems as in previous years.