Why You Should Take Your Time During the Spring Garden Cleanup

By Benjamin Vogt, Houzz

For some of us, especially those in the eastern U.S., spring can’t come soon enough. But no matter where we are, the spring itch is fully upon us — and I’m here to urge you to think twice about scratching. Why shouldn’t you clean up the garden just yet?

Related: Why I’m Not Looking Forward to Spring

winter garden
Benjamin Vogt/Monarch Gardens, original photo on Houzz

1. Snow could return. If you’re in the northern half of the U.S., it very well might snow again — and snow a good deal. Leaving plants up will help them gather snow around themselves, which insulates the root zone. Snows are often followed by a day or two of bitter cold, and even the cold-tolerant plants will want a blanket if that happens.



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