Fall Clean-up: Mulch and Protect

Fall is arguably Edmonton’s most beautiful season. No mosquitoes, lovely warm afternoons and calm evenings with spectacular sunsets. The foliage changes to shades of red, yellow and orange, and the air is crisp and fresh.

It’s also the time of year when we have to put down our spades and pick up our rakes, cleaning up the garden beds and protecting them for the upcoming cold winter months.

It can get as cold as -40C in Edmonton during the most frigid nights of winter, so having a good protective mulch over the hibernating plants is a must.

I take a simple approach, first slaying the perennial foliage with my clippers, then pulling all the annuals that won’t survive the winter. Once I’ve done that, I collect the leaves and mess on the lawn and run it down with a mower. I’ll do the same with the leaves from my trees as soon as they’ve come down, and sometimes I’ll borrow from neighbors if I feel I need even more browns.

The resulting mulch is returned to the garden to cover the plants with a 10-12″ airy quilt which will provide that extra layer of warmth they’ll need to get through the coming months.

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One thought on “Fall Clean-up: Mulch and Protect

  1. gaby says:

    Hi Garden Grrl, I like a lot your comment about Fall. Even in Mexico City stations have not much different looks between them, you can feel the difference, in Fall, in the smell of the air and, of course, in the lack of vivid greens, but, been a person that don’t like heat, I love the cool air that blows, the shy rain that wets the air and the streets and the cool sun that shines lighting everything with vivid colors. I’ll simply water a bit less my plants and cherish them as usual. Don’y need much more 🙂
    Best regards.

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