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It is September and you can tell winter is coming as the air outside is cold and crisp at night and the leaves on trees begin to turn yellow and we got our first taste of snowfall recently. As winter approaches you can now work on maintaining your yard and preparing it for the winter season.

September is a great time to transplant perennials, plant certain trees and generally clean up the yard.

It is a great time to start thinning out dead and unwanted plants; (maybe your neighbour would like to take some off your hands) and removal of weeds and leaves. It is also a good time to add mulch to the flower beds to protect and insulate the roots of plants from winter.

Below are the top steps you should take to prepare your yard for winter. It's not too late to do these before the ground actually starts freezing. 

Cut Back Perennials

Some perennials do not handle the winter months well so it is best to cut back those types as they are more vulnerable to diseases and pests. Here is a list of perennials you may want to consider to cut back.

Iris, Daylilies, Ground Clematis, and Bergonia, are to name a few that should be cut back to prepare them for the winter months ahead.

You can check out Sherwood Nurseries to help you with your horticultural needs.


As mentioned before, mulching can insulate and protect your plants for the long winter ahead. Prior to mulching the removal of any dead plants, weeds, broken branches, debris must be done. 
A good choice for mulch you can use are shredded leaves, weed-free straw and shredded bark.

Hardscape Maintenance

It is a good practice to regularly prepare your tools, furniture, equipment and more for the winter months ahead such as:

  • Cleaning tools after use
  • Run gas lawn mowers, weed trimmers, until empty, or add a fuel stabilizer
  • Drain permanent water systems, pools, and ponds
  • Store hoses, outdoor furniture, and tools in a shed or garage

As always you can talk to one of our landscaping specialists on how we can assist you in your landscaping needs and book your next big project in the early spring. 

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You can use a variety of plants to accent your home and provide functionality as well. When people pick their plants they sometimes do not consider how a plant can achieve a function and purpose that could enhance your home. Below we will explore landscaping with hedges and how to design it so it is not only functional but looks appealing too.

The purpose of a hedge  

Not only hedges can look good, with climbing vines and lush green mossy walls making you think you are in a surreal world but hedges are useful for many reasons other than it being pleasing to the eye.

  • Hedges can provide shade
  • Screen out unwanted views or nosey neighbours
  • Hedges can separate space
  • Keep out unwanted visitors

Types of hedges you can use

Depending on the functionality and the visual appeal you would like to achieve picking the right plant to create the hedge is very important. Here is a list of plants you could use to create a hedge and what they are best for.

Pygmy Peashrub Caragana

Fine textured, graceful foliage with tiny yellow flowers in late spring. Great foundation plant or can be used as a low clipped hedge.

Russian Olive

Taller, more compact can be a wider shrub with thorny branches, silver foliage and strongly-scented tiny yellow spring blooms.

Peegee Hydrangea

Clusters of white-pink blooms on old wood in summer and long, oval, light green leaves. Hydrangeas need a sheltered site to avoid too much dieback in the winter. 

Dwarf Korean Lilac

Compact, dwarf lilac with red, pointed buds opening to fragrant, dainty, single lavender-pink blooms and dark green rounded leaves turning orange-red in fall. Good for small spaces and for low hedges.


Fast growing, shrub-form clematis. Heavy bloomer with violet-blue blooms from early to late summer, highlighted by deep, dark green foliage.e. 

Note: Formal hedges require closer spacing than informal hedges. A crowded hedge may look mature faster but will become stressed quickly.

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