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