We’re still hanging onto summer weather, remaining in the double, positive digits in our second week of October. Still, it’s time to get outside and prepare for the inevitable Canadian winter. Thankfully, we have some beautiful weather to do it in!
Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, cut back perennials, remove annuals and get your lawn healthy for next spring. Remember to keep watering if we have a dry stretch. Trees and shrubs that are deprived of water now will be easily stressed in the winter.
Below is a handy guide to fall clean up tasks:
• Transplant shrubs or young trees to new locations.
• Cut diseased areas out of perennials. Do not compost.
• Rake and compost any fallen leaves.
• Clean up garden debris. Remove all vegetable plants and fallen fruit.
• Remove dead annuals from the garden, after a frost.
• Cut back perennial foliage to discourage overwintering pests. Leave flowers with seeds for the birds.
• Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.
• Sharpen lawn mower blade and pruners.
• Trim tall grass away from trees and corners of your home to discourage small rodents from creating nests.
• Dig up tender bulbs such as dahlia, canna and gladiola. Wrap them in moist material and store in a cool, dark space.