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

If you missed our workshop in 2020, check out resources and watch a video recording of the "Put Your Garden to Bed" workshop presented by Tilth Alliance.

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