Q. Can you recommend a site or book on fall clean-up activities?

Can you recommend a website or book to guide a novice gardener through fall clean-up garden activities ? I have an informal perennial flower garden, a new bulb garden (just planted iris and peonies), and an annual and perennial herb garden. I would not be able to take any of these things inside and would like to know what I can do to protect them whether I cut back and add mulch or hay or what and where to add these items, on top of alongside, etc. I live in Upper Bucks county, PA


 My best recommendation is for you to read or buy America's Garden Book by Bush-Brown (available here in the PHS library).  It is the perfect book for the beginning and then more advanced gardener as it tells you all you need to know about perennials, bulbs etc.  The perennial beds should be put to "bed" by cutting down most perennials (I leave some of the seed heads for the birds, but that depends on what you have in the perennial garden), clean up of dead foliage in the bed and then around Christmas time layering on top of the bed the branches from your Christmas tree (or your neighbor's if you don't have a tree) so that the sun does not warm the soil and cause the perennials to heave out of the soil.  You should not have to take any of the plants indoors as they should all be hardy perennials.  The annuals are annuals:  they have only one season of growth.  If you are a member of PHS you can check out the recommended book and see how you like it before buying it.  It has been my 'bible' for 40 years and now has been updated.



  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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