A little gardening clean-up helps prevent problems by eliminating the places where insects and diseases linger from season to season. Practice these five habits of highly effective gardeners!
- Remove all spent plants as soon as they are finished producing.
- Don’t compost insect- or disease-infested plants. Bag them for the trash
- Remove old mulch and replace with fresh each season.
- Till open soil in late fall to expose to deadly freezing weather any insects over-wintering in the ground. Do this again in winter if the soil is not too wet or frozen.
- Some insects hide under old boards and other shelters. Eliminate any garden items that might provide a shelter from weather.