What To Do When Garden Series: Fall

October Gardening Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4

Garden Beds:

Kale winter-color▪ Continue to keep all garden beds weed-free.

▪ Water plants as required. This is necessary if the fall is dry, and will help plants overwinter.

▪ Adjust automatic watering systems: reduce watering frequency, especially on the lawn!

▪  Leaf removal should be done throughout the month. Read this blog post for City of Vancouver regulations concerning leaf pick up.

▪  Plant annuals: pansies and mums add splashes of colour, and kale is a great way to add colour that’s also edible!

 Hedges & Broadleaf Evergreens: 

▪  Trim hedges for a tidy look all winter long.

▪  Apply a slow-release granular fertilizer to early flowering broadleaf evergreens including Rhododendron, Azalea, Sarcoccoca (sweetbox), and Choisya (Mexican mock orange)

Lawn Care:

▪  Continue to mow your lawn so long as it is required.

▪  Water only if the autumn is dry, and reduce watering on saturated patches.

Property Care:

  • Have slippery pathways and concrete surfaces pressure washed to remove moss and mildew build-up.

About Jessica Salvador

Jessica has spent over ten years in the landscaping industry in nursery production, landscape maintenance and garden centre sales. She graduated in 2002 from the highly recognized horticulture program at Capilano University as a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. Higher Ground Gardens, your West Side Vancouver gardening and landscaping professionals for hedge trimming, pruning, bark mulch delivery, yard clean up, and on going gardening and landscaping maintenance. Gardening Vancouver, The Garden Pro's to call from Spring through Fall.
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