When it comes to keeping your house looking good, your garden is an important factor, and fall can be a particularly messy season. There are many things to consider when preparing your garden for fall. Here are a few tips to get things started.
 
 Removing Dead Plants
 
 Start with removing plants that are infested with bugs and disease. You don't want these problems festering over the winter. It is not recommended to dump these plants into the compost pile. If you're able, burn them, or bag them for trash.
 
 Trim Your Perennials
 
 When trimming your perennials, try not to cut them down further than 4-6 inches. As well, don't cut them before the first frost, and the plant is dead for the season, so that the energy stored up in the stalks can flow back down to the main root system, where is stays until the spring.
 
 Leave the Pretty Plants
 
 If you don't want your garden to look barren during the winter, leave plants that look pretty and will stay stable through the winter as they are. They could also prove to be important to next years critters such as butterfly eggs and early bird nests. 

Remove Messy Leaves

 
 Not only will your yard and garden look better without a layer of leaves, but it will also help keep your plants healthier and safe from rotting and harboring bugs and disease. Make sure to remove all the weeds too, before the ground gets to hard to work with.

Putting Down Compost Cover
 
 Keeping your ground healthy with a layer of compost is one way to ensure your plants are a happy and that your garden stays looking great. Putting down a layer of compost up to 6 inches will help the ground replenish necessary nutrients. a good choice for compost is composted manure or something with a balance of green and brown matter.
 

With these tips in mind enjoy your time in the garden!

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