Fall clean-up vs. spring clean-up?

A few years ago, I read an article about how we should all skip our fall yard clean-up and do our clean-up in the spring instead. I don’t recall where I read this (maybe Martha Stewart proposed the idea?) but the author stated how it’s a waste of time to clean up the flower beds in the fall because we’re just going to have to do it again in the spring.

Back then, that sounded plausible to me so I remember giving it a try. I have to admit that it was quite a timesaver in the fall but come spring, I never felt so far behind in my garden duties! I thought I’d never catch up. I also didn’t like how messy my yard looked throughout the fall and winter. Needless to say, that was the first and only time I tried this method.

I should also mention, though, that while doing my fall clean-ups, I try to leave some seed heads for the overwintering birds to munch on during the winter. This includes Globe Thistle (Echinops) and Coneflower (Echinacea) as those are very popular with the birds.

So where do you stand on this issue? Does it save a lot of time? Can you stand to have your yard look messy during the colder months? Or do you have a technique that works? Leave a comment on this post and let me know your thoughts on this.

Have a nice weekend. It sounds like our weather will be changing dramatically beginning tomorrow so I’ll be outside doing more fall clean-up!