2. Plant Cover Crops
Planting is a lot more fun than cleaning up, and planting cover crops is easy to do. They’ll help keep soil microbes alive and active during the winter while also helping to suppress weeds and reduce erosion that can carry away valuable topsoil. Ideally, you should plant fall cover crops at least four weeks before the first frost. Legumes need to go in a bit earlier, by mid-September, as they take longer to germinate, while rye crops can be planted a bit later, up until the first frost.