End of Summer Garden Chores

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It’s September and it’s time for the end of summer garden chores.

end of summer garden choresThis time of year is really just as exciting as Spring.  Although the annuals are beginning to reach the end of their season, there are still plenty of interesting visuals in the garden and it’s the perfect time to plan ahead for the next year and get organized for Fall planting.

The first chores that need to be attended to are making sure that any plants that need to be sheltered from the cooler weather are acclimated to where they’ll stay indoors.  Once the evening temperatures begin falling, these plants can suffer damage, so it’s best to take care of this as soon as the evening temperatures hit around 10 degrees Celcius.  At that temperature, a cool snap becomes a lot more likely and if the temperatures dip too low, your plant could die.

MulchThe next thing on the chore list should be making sure that your beds are adequately mulched to protect roots of trees and shrubs during the winter.  Although you may have leaves falling, these can sometimes begin to rot if it gets too wet.

The third thing you’ll want to do is to take a good look at your garden landscape and decide if you’re happy with it as is, or if you’d like to make some changes.  If changes are on the agenda, then now’s the time to begin planning them.  It’s also the time to begin purchasing bulbs for Fall planting.

winter chores pruningIt’s a little too early still for most pruning. You’ll want to wait until later in Fall or early Winter when your shrubs are in their most dormant stage.  That’s the best time to prune.  As the weather gets colder, less energy is used for above the ground growth and more is diverted below the ground to strengthen root systems.

What you will want to do is repot any plants that are outgrowing their containers.  Don’t repot into containers that are too big as this can actually inhibit growth.  Go a single size bigger to allow roots just a little more room to spread out.

fall color mumsAbove all, the end of summer is a time to really enjoy the changes in the garden. Foliage changing color and late summer blooms in the softer, gentler sunshine. Crisp mornings and cool evenings when the air seems cleaner and clearer!

If you feel that your garden is starting to look a little drab, the good news is that now is the perfect time to begin making changes.  Take some photos of your garden. Think about what you’d like to see. Then come in and chat with our professional horticulturalists who can help you choose plants and design garden layouts that will ensure color and interest throughout the year.

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