Answer: It's a great idea to prepare the soil now! That way it will have time to settle and you will be able to work at a more leisurely pace next spring. Shredded leaves are an excellent addition, as is almost any form of organic matter such as compost or aged stable manure and bedding, etc. You might also add a layer of mulch such as shredded bark to help reduce soil erosion over the winter. You should also run some basic soil tests to determine what other amendments (such as lime), if any, you need to add. Your County Extension (461-1000) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.
Q&A Library Searching Tips