It can be tempting to get out there on the first fine spring day and do some tidying. Resist the urge! You have very little to lose and much to gain from waiting.
That blanket of dead foliage and tree leaves is protecting emerging plants from cold snaps – like the one we expect this weekend. And the leaves are breaking down, ready to feed your soil. Leave them! Trust me.
When other people are raking the leaves off their beds, I’m collecting mine from windblown corners to pile them back on and give my garden one last round of winter protection. The housekeeping habits that might work well indoors are not your friend in the garden – not in early spring in Toronto.