Once the cooler weather arrives there are many things that gardeners — both pro and amateur alike — should be doing to keep their landscapes healthy.

Follow these simple guidelines through the fall and your efforts will be rewarded in the spring, with a garden that looks better than ever thanks to the work you’re doing now.

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Lawn care

Now is the time to start adding new seed to dead or bare patches on your lawn.

After spreading it, ensure you keep the new seeds moist by watering them daily until they germinate.

Do your best to keep falling leaves off the seeds, without disrupting them from the ground.

Vegetable gardens

At this time of year you must clean up your vegetable garden as the old plant debris that is found there becomes a home for pests and diseases in the cooler months.

So get it off the garden and into the compost pile.

There are still some crops that are great going into fall that will keep your vegetable garden active, including broccoli, kale, and squash.

Most of these fall crops actually taste better after a few light frosts, so be patient with them!


This is the absolute best time of year to plant trees and shrubs because it allows months for a healthy root system to develop without the foliage baking in the heat of summer.

Once planted, ensure your new plants are watered at least once a week.

Flower gardens

Plant your spring bulbs now, or store them in a cool, dry place.

Start thinking about your spring colours and plant bulbs for tulips, daffodils, crocus, iris, and hyacinth.

You can also divide your perennials and plant perennial seeds for next spring.

– Renovation Realities airs weekdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on DIY Network Canada

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