4. Add Mulch & Compost
Once you’ve rid your garden of dead vegetation and weeds, add a 1” to 2” layer of finished compost and lightly cover the beds with old mulch to help protect the soil and suppress weeds. The goal is for the soil to freeze, if it’s possible in your area, as pests and many diseases will be killed when the ground is frozen. If you add too much mulch, it could prevent this process.
5. Clear Out Your Compost Bins
When you clean up your garden beds, you’ll naturally have a lot of material going into the compost heap. That makes now a good time to clear out the compost from last year and use it around your garden to make room in the bins for this season’s waste.