Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

Fall is in the air!  Literally.  You see it in the crisp mornings and shorter days, and as Halton turns into a beautiful spectacle of reds, oranges and yellows, everyone is getting ready to hunker down for the longer days of winter.

A shovel, gloves, and fall flowers ready for plantingHowever before the shovels and winter tires come out of the shed for another season, there are still some outdoor chores left to do, including Autumn Planting!  If you’re a gardener then you know this is a great time to get great deals on perennials, and to plant trees and shrubs.  They are forecasting a beautiful month of October, so be sure to take advantage.

As the summer season comes to a close, I want to remind all Halton residents about our pilot program for recycling plastic planter pots and trays, at the Halton Waste Management Site.  We are on our way to recycling four tonnes in our first year! This is equivalent to 8,000 lbs — the average weight of an elephant! Way to go Halton!

Aside from the usual yard clean up of leaves and twigs, I like to get rid of all my annuals to save time in the spring, and ready the planter pots for Autumn and Christmas arrangements — though the lifeless plants may add a certain ambiance for Halloween.

Many people like to use pumpkins and gourds in their outdoor fall decorating.  When it comes time to get rid of them, please remember to put them in your yard was collection (not the GreenCart).

Have you ever wondered what to do with the fallen fruit from your trees?  You can add those into your yard waste collection as well, along with the rest of your tree trimmings. Check Halton’s waste collection calendar to find out your last yard waste collection day in 2011; that way you can avoid holding on to yard waste for the winter or having to make a trip to the Halton Waste Management Site.

If you are a resident of Burlington or Oakville, you can also take advantage of their Loose Leaf program.  Check out their schedule so you don’t miss out!

What Autumn garden tips would you offer to other Halton residents?

About Andrea Graham

I currently work in the Waste Management Services division for Halton Region as the Administration Technician. This involves data management and analysis, and financial administration of the waste collection and processing contracts. I am determined to travel the world, and you may see me scooting around town on my Vespa.
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4 Responses to Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

  1. First time here. Nice blog and great post. Well done.

  2. Good ideas. I found this website/show called Growing A Greener World (it’s on PBS) and they have a great episode about how the city of Seattle has a huge composting facility/program and sells pretty much gives away the compost for free. I know not every city can do that, but it’s a great idea. You should check it out. – http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/

  3. Andrea Graham says:

    Thanks so much for comment, and for the link to that great PBS program — much appreciated.
    We actually have a program in Halton Region, Ontario, that is very similar and has been operating since 1995!
    The Compost Give Away occurs twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. In 2010, Halton residents picked up 3500 tonnes of compost at no charge! As part of the Compost Give Away, Halton residents donate to local food banks; in 2010 they donated 5.3 tonnes of non-perishable food and $9,000. You can read more about it at

    http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=36015

    Thanks again!

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