The end of August brought a few rainy days to the relief to our parched soils. Now we can hopefully look ahead to cooler, more comfortable temperatures as autumn rapidly approaches. Early autumn is a time when many of us become quite busy with sudden changes in schedule (school is back in session!). But as things begin to settle down, there are a number of tasks in the garden that can be attended to.

Here are six tips on garden maintenance and care for September:

  1. Keep deadheading! Believe it or not, hanging baskets and planters full of annuals can continue to flower well into September and even October.
  2. For those annuals that look a little past their prime, consider adding some fall colours in the form of mums, icicle pansies or ornamental kale to brighten up your garden bed or porch.
  3. Resist the urge to prune your trees and shrubs. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no advantage to fall pruning and in some cases it can even cause damage. There is always a better time to prune than the fall – if you’re not certain when you should be doing so, ask us!
  4. The time for fertilizing trees and shrubs is over. There are still a few more weeks to fertilize perennials, but by the end of September this should also be stopped. Annuals can be fertilized right up to a killing frost.
  5. Fall bulbs have arrived! Although a little early to plant, we suggest shopping early for best selection. Choose from a variety of colourful early, mid and late-spring bloomers including tulips, crocuses, alium, daffodils, irises, hyacinths, and more.
  6. As your lawn’s growth slows, reduce the frequency of mowing to suit and raise your mower’s blade. This is also a good time of year to repair patchy areas with fresh seed. Speaking of lawns, it’s not too late to apply nematodes to control the grub and Japanese Beetle populations in your yard.
Fall Family Fun Day – Saturday, September 24, 2016
SAVE THE DATE for a day of gardening demos, fun activities and hot apple cider! The day’s activities will include:

  • A store-wide scavenger hunt for adults and kids alike (with prizes to be won!)
  • Spectacular Succulents Demo: An indoor/outdoor succulent planter demo
  • Dividing Perennials Demo: New to dividing perennials in the fall? We’ll walk you through it with time-saving tips and pitfalls to avoid.
  • An Ask-the-Expert station to help with your seasonal gardening questions
  • Unique Boutique will give a sneak preview of some of the more interesting and unusual plants we will be offering in 2017
  • London East Lions Club Charity BBQ, treats and door prizes!

Bring your friends and family for a taste of fall (and if you’re keen to attempt the scavenger hunt, bring your thinking caps as well)!

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September Sales!
Labour Day sales will continue into September:
  • 50% off ALL annuals, hanging baskets, veggies, and herbs (all sizes)
  • 50% off ALL summer planted urns and patio pots (all sizes)
  • 40% off ALL roses
  • 30% off ALL perennials (all sizes)
  • 25% off ALL other nursery stock
Check out our features page for more great deals, or visit us in-store!
Expert Advice
Our experienced staff are happy to answer your indoor and outdoor gardening questions year round. Or for more information and tips, visit our gardening info and tip sheets at

Store Hours
We are open 7 days a week. Our September hours are: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-5pm.