Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean your garden has to be done displaying beautiful colours. While it’s important to continue with maintenance on your garden in the fall, you can also plant some autumnal flowers. Fall flowers will give your garden a burst of colour that will last into the winter. Grab your gloves and throw on a thick jumper and get ready to get dirty.
- Prepping the garden. Remove all weeds, spent plants and rubbish that may have entered into the garden. Rake up any mulch to lighten it up and add additional mulch to bare areas of the garden. Dig up any bulbs that will not winter in the ground. The bulb instructions will tell you if the bulbs need to be dug up in the fall and kept in a cool, dry, dark place for the winter. If you no longer have the packaging to refer to you can ask your local nursery or garden centre to find out.
- Plant fall flowers. Classic Japanese Anemone or winter flowering pansies will add colour to your garden until the snow begins to fall. Pansies will last all winter in most areas of the country. Adding these plants in September, early October the summer blooms are gone will help you determine where there is a need for colour. This would also be the time to plan ahead and plant bulbs for the spring.
- Prepare tender plants for winter. Roses for example should be covered in areas of the country where it stays below freezing point for an extended period of time. You can purchase rose housing made of mesh that will fit over smaller rose bushes.
- Create a compost pile. Compost piles are fantastic with both dry and green material in it. Autumn is the perfect time to add brown and dry material to your existing compost pile or to create a new one. Grass cuttings work well as the green material. You can also add kitchen leftovers to the pile. Potato peels, coffee grounds and egg shells are all high in minerals that are needed in compost. Your compost pile will need to be turned frequently and watered if you aren’t getting a lot of rain naturally. If you turn your pile often the faster it will turn into compost. If you are careful with the pile amount in the winter you may have some compost to add to your garden in the spring.
Much like your plants and flowers that change throughout the year, so do new additions of wildlife, hedgehogs love to create new homes in racked up piled leaf’s and mice will find places to nest anyway that is warm and free from the bristling wind. Even though we welcome new animals to our garden it can become troublesome when attracting foxes, so we highly recommend our effective and human deterrent FOXWatch. Situated in your garden it will detect movement in a radius up to 40 ft, emitting a ultra-sonic frequency to deter and keep any foxy visitors from your garden to avoid any mess and protection of hedgehogs
The best time to prune back any dead branches and remove any crossing branches is when the trees go dormant in the fall. If you don’t feel comfortable doing major trimming on your trees you can hire a professional to take care of it.
Gardening may seem like a hobby where all of the work happens in the spring, but seasoned gardeners will tell you that gardening is never ending. The biggest break you get as a gardener is during the coldest part of the winter, which is also when the seed brochures come out so that you can start dreaming about new and wonderful plants to add to your garden in the spring.