Backfill the gaps in your garden with colourful asters, mums, rudbeckia, butterfly bush. If you have not been to the garden retailers since May 24 weekend, give them another visit! Not only are the fall colours beautiful, leftover perennials being likely on sale and happy to be popped into your garden at this time of year.

Thickening the lawn. Grass is a cool season crop, so this is the perfect time of year to cover patches and improve your lawn's competitiveness against weeds. CIL Iron+ Lawn Recovery contains the seed, soil and fertilizer all in one bag to ensure that this job is done right.

Top-dress with compost. Remember, 'digging in' compost is a thing of the past - all that disruption is just bad for the soil. Simply spread the compost over the soil 4 to 6 cm. thick and let the worms do the hard work of pulling it into the root zone.

Fallen leaves: mulch & rake. That is, mulch them with the lawn mower and rake them into the garden. Per above, the earthworms are more than happy to feast on these and turn them into beneficial organic matter. No leaf blowers. No more stuffing into bags and carting to the curb. 

Harvest. Any time now, frost is going to finish off your veggie garden, so start collecting those pumpkins and squash. By now, your pumpkins will be pretty maxed out for size, so take a minute to appreciate what you have accomplished.

Apply Iron Plus Fall Lawn Food. The most important application that you will make all year. And later is better.

Fall Lawn Fertilizer is formulated to build up the natural sugars at the root zone of grass plants. You will get a faster green up come spring, less snow mold, and a stronger, healthier lawn.  The later that you apply this in fall, the better. So, the timing of application varies from region to region. Wait for a few 'killing frosts' which will slow down the metabolism of grass plants, creating the perfect conditions for application. Available at Home Hardware #5024-137


Birdseed Mixes

The Mark's Choice team worked hard to develop tasty combinations of quality bird seed that appeal to the broadest possible pallet of bird taste buds.

Mark's Choice Sunflower Plus is Exclusive to Home Hardware.

(Home Hardware item# 5453-365)

Bird Feast Songbird Blend - the best-selling product in the entire line up of Mark's Choice quality products. (item# 5453-067 4kg, 5453-072 8kg)

Deluxe Blend with Berries and Nuts - Lots of protein for wintertime bird feeding. (item# 5453-362 7kg, 5453-360 14kg)

Nyjer Plus with Sunflower Chips - not just for finches and nuthatches, though, they love it too! (item# 5453-364 3kg, 5453-115 9kg)

Finch Blend with Sunflower Chips - the perfect variety of seed for the perfect little wintertime birds.  (item# 5453-363 3kg, 5453-352 11kg)



About Mark and Ben:

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author & broadcaster and holds the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of Guelph and Dalhousie University. You can sign up for their free monthly newsletter and find his weekly podcast & blog at

An Organic Approach (5010-205), is available at Home Hardware.