Too soon? Not really! It is time to prepare your garden and flower beds for the winter. The first frosts are on our doorstep. Your annuals have almost completed their flowering period. Your perennials will soon come into hibernation. And work will not fail. Before examining the specific tasks you need to accomplish, there are some steps to take in all your spaces. Flowerbeds, spice garden, garden vegetables and berries, your newly introduced plants in the garden or those located on the edge of their hardiness zone in need of care.


Remove all weeds in your flowerbeds, your gardens, near conifers. This is an essential rule to avoid problems during the next season.

Aerate the soil

To do this, you need to dig the ground 15 to 20 inches. However, do not aerate near perennial plants whose flowering is not complete. Take this opportunity to add compost.

Add mulch

You will find in all garden centers. For perennials and annuals, be sure to obtain a thickness of 3 to 5 cm is sufficient. Put 7 to 10 cm thick around trees. The mulch will limit the growth of weeds, and more add to the aesthetics.



Flowerbeds have sparkle all summer. This is the time to admire the pictures sketched, week after week, to add here and there some spring flowering bulbs or summer that will add to the aesthetics of the whole.

From September, plant bulbs

The spring bulbs (snowdrops, crocus, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc). Bring a spectacular touch to your flowerbeds. But make sure that the spring is everywhere on your property. Plant bulbs so everywhere, preferably grove, to add color in the early days of fine weather. Look on the packaging. You can find instructions for planting? they differ from one species to another? and distances to be maintained between bulbs.

Water your shrubs and your trees

Each week, the water supply must be 2.5 cm. If it does not rain much, you should replace Mother Nature to ensure adequate watering. A soaker hose is a great value.

Apply fertilizer and protect your roses

It recommends action in late October or early November in this case. For roses, especially hybrid teas, ridging (*) with garden soil suits them perfectly. Once the ground is frozen, add mulch. Expose the roots to freezing and thawing causes stress which can kill your plants. Please note that your roses Rugosa do not require protection.

Keep leaves

Instead of throwing them or blow them (the neighbor!), Keep them for compost or to protect the roots.


* Whether in your garden or your herb garden, you will protect perennials with mulch to protect the roots, branches, leaves, or a low fence to facilitate the accumulation of snow.

* Harvest vegetables, you have stored in a cold room and herbs and dry them.

* Create a garden of spices inside that you place near a sunny window. You will have fresh herbs all winter long.

Hedges, trees and shrubs

Hedgerows also need winter protection, especially if they include cultivars susceptible to harsh winters in Quebec. You must therefore ensure adequate protection.

Protect the roots

With mulch or leaves, once the ground is frozen.

Install a snow fence

Cover it with a jute geotextile or white.

Make sure that the installed protection does not affect the leaves of trees and shrubs

Good air circulation is essential to prevent damage.

Avoid black geotextiles, plastic bags and polythene

They will overheat shrubs.

For shrubs isolated using cones protection for roses

Effective, they sold in garden centers. And if you have large flower pots, simply fill in dead leaves.

Attach the branches of shrubs

Bind them together with jute rope. However, wait until the leaves have fallen, again to avoid overheating.

Protect tree trunks

Rodents are very active in the winter. Protect tree trunks with plastic sheaths, in commerce, or pieces of pipe drainage.