Fall garden cleanup lays groundwork for a successful spring

Don’t put that trowel and rake away yet. Fall may end this year’s gardening season, but it is the perfect time to begin preparations for next year. Taking care of a few details now means fewer chores, pests and problems next spring. 
Take stock
The first step is taking stock of how your garden fared this year. Do a walk through and take notes on plant location and performance, says Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

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