Natural Yard Care Seasonal Maintenance Calendar

  1. Winter
  2. Spring
  3. Summer
  4. Fall

December - February

Flower and vegetable gardens

  • Rake winter leaf mulch back onto beds of winds blow it off.
  • Weed beds once during winter to prevent weeds from going to seed.

Tree and shrub beds

  • Prune fruit trees and other woody trees and shrubs while they're dormant (December - February).

Plan for spring

  • Tune up yard equipment; sharpen mower blades.
  • Plan drip irrigation or soaker hoses for beds and containers to conserve water.
  • Check storage areas for unwanted chemicals and dispose of safely. Call the Household Hazardous Waste line at 206-296-4692 for information or visit
  • Plan to replace plants that have disease or pest problems.
  • Call the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or visit to ask questions and request free brochures to start planning for spring.

Put your garden to bed

Check out resources and watch a video recording of our "Put Your Garden to Bed" workshop presented by Tilth Alliance.

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