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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Posted By: in Gardening

Alright I’ve been getting the hairy eyeball from Rebecca so I’d better write this. Fall is apples and crispy leaves and fog and…and have you ever seen so many spidery works of art in your life?

Cobweb Hens & chicks

All this fog makes the spider webs look spectacular and kind of drives home that creepy fun fact that you are never more than 3 feet away from a spider at any time. Hands up if you just looked around you.

Here is the list…and don’t worry you are running a little behind on it…you are not alone!


Your grass should be slowing down to the last few mows. If you had any drainage problems or compacted areas you can aerate and topdress with sand or a turfblend. You can lay new sod as well

Fall Garden Bed Care

Garden Beds

You can do a bit of trimming and tidying if you like and I know I sound like a broken record but please do leave some hollow stems from perennials and some leaf litter etc. for overwintering pollinators. Now is a great time to divide up and shuffle around perennials and even to collect seeds from the spent fall flowers like Echinacea and Rudbeckia. Give the bed a good weeding too but not when the ground is soggy or you’ll compact the soil. Avoid fertilizing or adding high nitrogen manures at this time…you don’t really want a lot of soft growth right before winter hits.

Dahlias, Cannas and other tropical tubers

I like to wait until the frost knocks down a bit of the top growth and then I lift and trim up the rest, hose them down (do this in the morning of a sunny day…ok even a partially sunny day, beggars can’t be choosers) wait until they are dry and then put them in a brown paper bag with peat. One of our experts at Arts, Del, actually wraps his Dahlia tubers in plastic wrap once they are clean and dry and has great success with this. I think there is a multi-part article in our archives on Dahlias.

No Tired Planters!


Pots and Planters.

Let them go already!!! You know who you are with your geraniums still on your front porch…don’t make me come over there. Time for fall and winter colour, go crazy, have fun. It doesn’t need to cost an arm and a let. Add fallen conifer branches…a pumpkin, a pansy or two, an old lantern and voila!

Liquidambar Fall Colour / Sweet Gum Tree


Trees and shrubs

Awesome time to plant and shuffle if you need to. If you haven’t done so already and live in Surrey, check out the tree voucher program if you need to buy a tree and help Surrey green up one yard at a time!


Continue to remove debris…and when you wake up in the morning do it all over again. Ok, you can also add a mesh cover to collect the leaves before you have to skim them out, yay.

Bulk Bulbs


Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs!!

Planting time for bulbs!!! I am like a kid in a candy store…except you can’t eat them…and you have to wait months before you get to enjoy them but you can still keep the nice picture on the wrapper. Actually it is nothing like a candy store but it is exciting for me nonetheless. I’m going to feed my squirrels some stripey tulips this year.

That’s what they think but I am going to try soaking those stripey tulips in Plantskyyd or Bobbex and maybe just maybe I will get to enjoy my stripey tulips in the spring.

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.

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