October Gardening Checklist – Chill down the line


Autumn is now in full swing; the air is crisp, the leaves are showing off their best colours and your yard is getting ready for the first sprinkling of frost.

We’ve compiled your October Gardening Checklist to make sure you have everything you need to get everything ready for Halloween and football season.

October Yard Care Checklist

For a printable PDF, click here!

If you’re looking for someone to remodel or maintain your outdoor space, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the hard work for you!


Houzz’s To-Dos: Your October Home Checklist

OctoberHere’s Houzz’s complete home maintenance list for these last few weeks of October; if you haven’t started on these yet, make sure you finish them before Halloween!

After the Fall, Make Your Garden The Loveliest of Them All!

Winter blues bringing you down when you look outside and see nothing but grey and brown? Find safe haven in your garden; with a little planning, it can be as enchanting beneath a blanket of snow as it is beneath the summer sun!

Fairytale toolsheds are possible; maintain a clean exterior structure, and use it as a backdrop for a few fine-feathery grasses. These will give a softer texture to your garden, and will look lovely powdered with a fine layer of snow.

Arches, pergolas, pavilions and arbors Add height to your garden, and focus the eye towards a well-designed focal point, drawing it away from less decorated areas of the garden. If you are able to see through the frame, they will look ethereal in the frost, especially flanked with feathery long-grass and low shrubs.

Outdoor museum; sculptures and works of art will stand out even more in the wintertime. Make sure they are offset by shrubs or grasses, not hidden by them. Choose subdued tones, as too many bright colors may clash with the soft, natural colors surrounding them.

Take a seat; while you may not be as tempted to sit down to read a book in the winter time, a weather-protected bench can add panache to a garden. Hang a solar lantern above it, and it will create the illusion of relaxation without you having to brave the cold!

Leave room for your feathered friends! A few antique birdhouses in natural tones will add charm to a garden, while providing visiting birds with a place to weather the storm. Keep them close enough to the house so that you can casually observe their inhabitants.

Add a splash of red for visual interest. While keeping your yard in natural hues is a safe way to go, you may want to spruce it up a little with some Winterberry plants; these hardy shrubs will harbor bright red berries and attract even brighter birds to your yard during the icy season.

Bring the outdoors inside. Keep the exotic potted plants you’ve brought indoors as soon as the temperature dipped beneath 10ºC near windows. They’ll create a bright contrast to the white world outdoors, and they’ll benefit from the extra sunlight.

Looking to set up a garden as beautiful in the winter time as it is in the summer? Give us a call at Plantenance and it will be our pleasure to help!

(514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE

Burlap’s In Fashion This Winter

Winter’s inevitable, and just as you may, your plants will soon yearn for warmer weather. Without protection, they’ll have to battle the wind, the cold, the sun, the dry weather, salt damage, frozen water supplies and even hungry herbivores… Burlap to the rescue!

Winter in Quebec and Ontario means less tender loving care for our plants: we’d rather be bundled up in our warm homes, and so do our plants. Come the spring, if you don’t want to see sun scald on bark and burnt evergreen foliage, you may want to make sure your plants are as snug as you are when flurries abound.

Here’s the 101 on burlap screens for your tender evergreens:

  • Build a quick wooden frame to support the burlap and keep it from rubbing and damaging the foliage; a few stakes stuck in the ground to make a tent-shape should do the trick;
  • Don’t wrap your plants too snugly, and leave an opening at the very top of the wrapping; mummy-wrapping them with no room to breathe will cause them to overheat on warmer, sunnier days;
  • The south, southwest and windward sides will be the most vulnerable to wind; make sure those sides are the best protected. If your yard is particularly windy, a little extra burlap than usual will go a long way;
  • Plain burlap, snow fencing or plastic mesh fence are good materials to use; the key is to keep your plants safe from the wind and sun

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Plants To Burlap Wrap

  • Young or newly planted evergreens;
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas;
  • Cedar
  • Dwarf Spruce.

Burlap’s a quick, inexpensive way you keep your plants warm and ready to spring back in all their glory when the warm weather comes.