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Fall Gardening Checklist

As fall arrives and the weather turns cooler it is time to prepare your gardens for our Canadian winter.

Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs, cut back perennials, remove annuals and get your lawn healthy for next spring. Remember to keep watering. Trees and shrubs that are deprived of water now will be easily stressed in the winter.

Here is a checklist from Landscape Ontario for fall clean up tasks.


  • Collect seed and herbs for drying.

  • Add compost or manure to garden beds.

  • Cover water features with netting to collect falling leaves.

  • Check houseplants for pests, then start to move indoors.

  • Plant new trees and shrubs, to give them at least six weeks before frost.

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs.

  • Clean bird feeders, gardening tools.

  • Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.

  • Bring in any clay pots.

  • Pull weeds before they go to seed to reduce the number of weeds next year.

  • Fertilize your lawn.

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