Fall gardening checklist
• Prune deciduous trees and shrubs, but not those that flower in spring.
• Mulch garden beds with clay-buster and compost.
• Pot up any herbs that are planted in the ground, to continue growing them in a sunny spot indoors once the temperatures cool.
• Fall is a great season for planting!
Plants are typically on sale at your local garden centre and the ground is nice and warm – plants love it!
• Divide overgrown perennials, including daylilies and iris.
• Apply tree-wrap.
• Water trees and shrubs deeply, right up to ground freeze-up, to help them through the winter and early spring.
• Plant hardy, spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.
• Rake and shred leaves.
• Turn off water taps and store hoses and sprinklers.
• Clean, sharpen and store tools.
• Put rose collars around tender roses.
Fill the collars with mulch and/or built up soil to provide extra winter protection to the roots.
• Apply fall lawn fertilizer.
• Wrap newly-planted trees with inexpensive plastic tree-wraps to prevent rabbits from harming the bark over the winter.
• Stake and burlap-surround evergreens such as cedar to prevent winter burn and deer damage.
• Remove all plants from container gardens. Remove the top six to eight inches of soil to leave room to insert potted fall mums.
• Decorate the front door with pumpkins, fall mums, corn stalks, and natural wreaths
Essential fall plants
• Perennials: Autumn Joy sedum (Sedum telephium).
• Shrubs: Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus).
• Trees: Sienna Glen maple (acer freemanii ‘Sienna’).
– The Ultimate Guide to Cold Climate Gardening by Bernie Whetter, owner of The Green Spot
Canadian beneficial Nematodes
• Lawn Guardian is a package of Canadian beneficial Nematodes that will help you naturally control insects in your lawn and garden.
• This one particularly focuses on the June-Japanese Beetle and European Chafer.
• Once applied, it will hunt down and kill the grubs before they are able to transform into the beetle.
Iron Earth Soil Re-Mineralizer
• Iron Earth is highly compressed, natural, organic humus, formed through the biological breakdown of plant life over 75 million years old.
• Add Iron Earth to your garden soil and planter pots to provide the naturally occurring nutrients necessary for optimal plant growth, and excellent plant health.
• Also available at The Green Spot
Adaptive Apparel for easier dressing
Open Back/Adaptive Clothing
Adaptive Clothing is designed for people who have mobility issues, are confined to a bed or use a wheelchair.
The open back design allows for easy dressing and undressing.
Adaptive Shirts completely open up, allowing the arms to slide into the garment sleeves without ever having to raise or lower arms.
This also eliminates the struggle with small neck openings.
The back overlap is then folded over and snapped into place.
There is no split in the middle so everything is covered.
It is very discrete and many times you cannot tell that it is an open back garment.
Adaptive Pants completely open up in the back to allow dressing while seated.
Legs are inserted into the pant legs from a seated position and drawn up to the inner thigh.
The generous back overlap is snapped in place, providing complete coverage and discretion.
Assisted disrobing is just as easy.
A person can be effortlessly dressed by a caregiver from a seated position with no weight-bearing required.
Independent Adaptive Clothing.
Arthritis, lowered hand dexterity and partial paralysis can make buttons, small openings and laces impossible.
Hidden velcro brand fasteners/easy touch closures in adaptive apparel can make garments and footwear comfortable and functional for the wearer.
In addition, elasticized waists make it easy to pull on garments when challenged by lowered hand dexterity.