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What to Cut Away in Fall

Pruning and cutting are two inescapable fall tasks. You’re not just doing this task for aesthetic reasons.

It also prevents the spread of plant diseases during the wet fall season, and potential damage to trees during the winter.

Here’s what Ken Druse of the “Real Dirt” podcast had to say about these vital fall tasks.

“Remove sickly things first of all; destroy the debris. When cutting back and raking, focus first on what is ailing. “Like if the peonies turned black,” says Ken, “I’ll cut back that foliage and put it in the trash, not the compost.” Lilacs (which may have powdery mildew); fruit trees such as apples (with their many possible issues); roses and irises are other common culprits…

Any kind of diseased or infested vegetables get similarly fast attention. Brassicas, curcubits, and tomatoes are among crops that often seem to invite problems. Clean the plants up thoroughly, removing roots and all and destroying (don’t compost the remains)

…Stabilize woody plants. Walk around and have a good look at trees and shrubs, to identify any vulnerable limbs. Cut off broken or dead branches now to make sure winter weather doesn’t toss them around and make things worse.”

As the weather gets colder and wetter these tasks will grow a lot less pleasant and a lot more time-consuming. If you don’t have time or the inclination to get out in your yard this autumn, call us. We’ll take care of these pesky autumn tasks for you!

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