Emerald Valley Almanac

End-of-season care tips for your garden

Garden clean-up is an important, if tedious task. Proper end-of-season care will help minimize the spread of disease and can keep weeds down over the winter. It will also help your perennial plants survive the winter and make your yard look neater.

It might help make things easier if you focus on removing all non-plant material from the garden areas first. Things like plant labels, supports, forgotten tools, etc. Clean and store everything.

■ Next, pull up all spent plant material. Winter squash may still be ripening, you . . .