As the cool weather sets in and the plants in our gardens fade, it is time to think about preparing the garden for winter. The growing season has come to a halt. According to the specialists, fall garden clean up is essential to the long term health of your garden. Therefore, it was a busy time in the garden yesterday. There were a number of gardening jobs that needed to be done. Did you think you could put up your feet and relax in autumn? Not just yet! There are still a few tasks to be done before the cold winds of winter blow in.
It was time to call in the troops, hence the title ‘men in trees’. You didn’t think I would do it myself, did you?
By the way it is very rewarding managing men. Although it is always a little scary taking responsibility and command what needs to be done. Therefore I checked some sites and searched in my memory. It seems that most deciduous trees are best pruned when dormant, in late autumn or winter. The exceptions to the 'deciduous tree' rule are maple, horse chestnut, birch, walnut and cherry trees which all bleed extensively, even towards the end of their dormant season, so prune these in mid-summer after new growth has matured. I don’t know if we have these trees in our garden. I don’t remember all their names. I think I made the right decision as I was backed up by the men. Or was this just because they love cutting, snipping and pruning the trees? Still I didn’t see any bleeding when I was raking up the leaves and putting the waste in sacks to be brought to the tip (waste disposal area).
The hydrangeas were also dug out of the front garden yesterday morning. I forgot to take pictures before and during the removal process.
We will be preparing the garden bed this winter/early spring, so that the new hydrangeas can be planted in a well-prepared bed. The last two years we tried reviving them by cutting them almost to the ground in late winter or spring but this didn’t do the trick.
So in spring 2011 the garden beds will hopefully look like this:
The week before Hubby aerated & fertilized the root systems of our spruce trees (the evergreens). The Christmas tree will look fantastic in a couple of weeks. It needs to look its best as it is nearly Christmas. Decorating the tree will take place end of November!! Will post some pictures then.
I think we are ready for the winter and hopefully we will be rewarded in spring with a beautiful full green garden.