Today's Hours: Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm Tel: 604.882.1201
  LoginCreate Account 
Directions  | Contact Us
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!

Lawns

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!

Ponds

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.


Sponsored Advertisement

Blog Profile

arts nursery logo
Art's Nursery is a 10+ acre retail and wholesale garden centre located in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We've been in business at this same location since 1973 and we're proud to serve you today!

We carry an incredible selection of plants, shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, vines, groundcovers, roses and much more. Soils, bulk materials, pottery and a variety of garden accents are also available.

Our plant selection is so large that you can actually drive a golf cart while you shop!

We pride ourselves on providing high quality plant, expert advice and an exceptional gardening experience.

Blog Search

Recent Posts

Thursday, March 16, 2017
16 Stunning Hellebores for 2017

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never e...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
November 2016 In Your Garden

Well this is turning out to be an interesting month and that’s even without mentioning politics! Fas...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
10 Favourite Plants for November Gardens

November can be a tough month for gardens. In our case, we've just been pummelled by nearly 30 days ...

Friday, October 7, 2016
7 Unique and Rare Bulbs for 2016

The other day our bulb grower mentioned that they had a number of exceptionally unique and rare bulb...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Canadian Celebration Tulips

Ok, ok its hard to get too excited about bulbs. Well... this Fall we have a treat for you! As you ma...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
New Fall Bulb Combinations 2016

Every Fall our bulb growers deliver the Colouful Companions Bulb Combinations that will be available...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
September In Your Garden

I think someone flipped the instant fall switch!! There are some trees that have begun to colour up...

Friday, August 12, 2016
13 Sizzling Succulents

Let’s face it, everybody has an addiction to succulents. These unique little plants are everybody’s ...


Tag Cloud

hellebore helleborus spring series hellebore Lenten rose Christmas rose perennial shade perennials annas red pennys pink winter jewels series gold collection hellebores winter dreams helleboreswinter gardens november november garden calendar winter garden tasks gardening plants winter plants garden gardenings november gardens winter interest plants plants with winter interestbulbs flower bulbs unique bulbs new bulbs rare bulbs unique flower bulbs allium narcissi corydalis snow crocustulips tulipa Canadian celebration tulips tulip Canadian celebration Canadian bulbs red and white bulbs white tulips red tulips patriotic tulips florissa hyacinths colourful companions bulb planting daffodils September fall fall gardening September gardeningsucculents echeveria crassula pachyphytum kalanchoe lifesaver plant huernia haworthia portulaca aeonium zwartkop firesticks tender succulentstropical palm trees cannas banana plants jasmine papyrus phormium new Zealand flax agapanthus gardenia silk tree fig tree tropical plantsjune gardens summer to-do listhydrangea shrub deciduous shrubs growing hydrangeas hydrangea basics how to grow hydrangeas hydrangea macrophylla mophead hydrangea lacecap hydrangea pannicle hydrangea oakleaf hydrangea smooth hydrangea pruning hydrangeas reblooming hydrangeas endless summer hydrangeasspring mothers day garden calendar may garden calendar may to do listfeature plants new plants unique plants unusual plantsroses growing roses rose tips types of roses rose rose plants hybrid tea grandiflora floribundawinter planters winter containers container gardening christmas planters doorway planters festive planters festive containers November garden to do listheuchera coral bells alum root perennials foliage perennials heuchera plants coral bell plants how to grow heucherascontainers fall containers planters fall planters plants for fall containers fall planting october autumn bobbex fall coloursberries fall berries shrubs with berries shrubs callicarpa beauty berry aronia chokecherry chokeberry autumn magic pyracantha firethorn victory viburnum viburnum tinus spring bouquet viburnum new bulb varieties narcissus hyacinth

Blog Roll

Other interesting gardening blogs that we follow include:

Blog RSS Feed

Keep in touch by subscribing to our RSS/Atom News Feeds


Subscribe Via FeedBurner

 Subscribe in a reader

Copyright (c) 2017 Art's Nursery Ltd.  | 8940 192nd Street, Surrey, BC, Canada, V4N 3W8  | tel: 604.882.1201  | SiteMap  | Privacy Statement |