- Clean up debris
The picture on the left is of coral bells. Coral bells are a perennial meaning they come back year after year. In colder winters, they do best if the leaves are left on the plant. They might also enjoy some straw through the winter. In the spring, the leaves need to be pruned back. There are many varieties of coral bells to choose from and they are relatively easy to grow.
The picture on the right is a hosta from the last growing season. It is also a shade loving perennial. It should be cleaned up at the end of the growing season so it is ready grow at the first sign of warm temps in the spring. But, often life gets busy and clean up gets missed. If this is the case in your yard, no worries. At this point you might not even need pruning shears. A good raking should pull them out easily and also catch any waste left behind by stray animals.
- Compost or mulch
Some homeowners prefer mulch or rock over fabric. These can also look nice. But they do come with their share of problems. Debris is very difficult to clean out of mulch or rock. While fabric and mulch might keep weeds at bay, depending on where you live, they might encourage critters like mice to nest. And with mice come predators like snakes. So be aware of your habitat and choose wisely.
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