Preparing your garden for winter

Cleanup

by Juliette Amadis Friday 29 November 2013

Compost Pile
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Pick up fallen fruits and remove dead annuals. Don’t forget to pick up fallen leaves so they don’t smother the grass. It is even more important with large leaves such as maple. Collect the leaves and fruits and put them in your compost pile along with kitchen scraps from your household and any kind of organic waste. Don’t put any meat or dairy products as they attract rodents.  

If you’ve got a pond, it is also the perfect time of the year to clean it up and drain the water by 25 to 50%.

For trees and shrubs, remove diseased leaves. Pruning is not recommended in autumn as it will stimulate new growth. Bulbs such as cannas, dahlias and gladiolus should be removed from the ground. Put the bulbs in a cool, dry place for the winter after letting them dry out in the sun for a few hours.

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