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Outdoor Plants

Fall Gardening Clean-Up

September 14, 2020 3 min read

Are you wondering where to start with your fall gardening clean-up? Here’s our checklist.

Bring Tropical Plants Inside

If you use tropical plants in your outside décor, don’t throw them away – bring them inside to enjoy! You’ll want to use an insecticidal spray to remove and prevent pests. Clean up any dry, damaged leaves and add fresh soil. Consider where your plant was outside to determine where it will thrive inside – tropical plants do have a preference for sun or shade depending on the type.

Plant Fall Bulbs

Tulips, alliums, daffodils, muscari and hyacinth are just a few spring-flowering bulbs that you need to plant in fall. If you are a veggie gardener, fall is the time to plant garlic bulbs.

Fall Lawn Care

Seeding and fertilizing your lawn in autumn gives the grass a boost for spring. Start with removing leaves, adjust the mowing height 1–2 blades lower than you do in spring/summer, and keep watering your lawn. After you rake, lay down some lawn soil and evenly distribute grass seed. Apply Parkwood® 10-0-14 Fall Fertilizer in autumn anytime from September to November.

Fall Pruning

Various types of plants benefit from a late fall pruning. Pruning old and diseased foliage in autumn will help plants develop new growth in spring. Roses need light pruning to remove any long stems that can be damaged by winter weather. If you are pruning hydrangeas, check out our blog post to learn which types can be pruned in autumn.

Prepare To Winterize

Winter protection, or winterizing, your garden will protect specific plants during severe weather.  You can protect fruit tree trunks from rodents and rabbits by using a spiral tree guard or Skoot, a non-toxic bitter-tasting deterrent, on the bark of the tree.

To keep the branches of junipers and cedars upright, use a plastic mesh and spiral down the full length of the evergreen. Trees and shrubs that are damaged from snow or ice won’t snap back into place in spring and will need to be pruned. Rhododendrons are prone to windburn in winter and should be protected with burlap. Roses can easily be covered with a rose hut or hilling.

Fill Up The Bird Feeder

Food is tough for birds in the winter. Keep your bird feeder fill with quality birdseed. Keeping feeders full with seeds that have a high fat and oil content will keep them full and nourished. Some of their favourites include black oil sunflower, peanut, Nyjer seed. Suet is also ideal for winter birds.

Remove Annuals and Mulch Garden Beds

Removing annuals from garden beds in autumn will lower the risk of overwintering pests and diseases. Simply pull out the annuals and shake off access dirt. If they are not diseased, they can be added to your compost bin.

Plant Something New

Fall is a great time to plant new perennials, trees, and shrubs. Extreme heat stresses out trees, making it difficult for them to establish. Cooler temperatures with shorter days create a perfect growing environment. After planting, don’t forget to mulch and water your new plants.