December 09, 2019

Putting the 2019 Gardening Season to Rest

A Final Fall Cleanup in Cabbagetown


Better late than never: that's my attitude with getting my autumn work completed before a big snowfall occurs and in posting these garden cleanup examples. This will be my last one this year, I promise!

I have quite a few clients in the downtown neighbourhood of Cabbagetown, The size and location of these gardens fit well with my capabilities (one person company who travels by public transit). The properties tend to be small and I often consider the gardens like jewel boxes: tiny but filled with glittering objects.  Many mature trees line the streets and laneways and make growing a lawn on a postage stamp-sized front or back area impractical in most situations. The emphasis, then, is on hardscape and specimen trees and perennials.

The front and back yards shown in this post will show, again, "no lawn" gardens typical in Cabbagetown. 

I'll start in the front first:



Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Front Yard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Front Yard Before


Nothing complex with the front cleanup: just raking out the large amount of maple leaves which have been collecting since October in this very small Cabbagetown front garden.

There's no real "right" or "wrong" answer with not removing leaves from your garden beds every autumn. If you're lazy, busy or prefer to give your perennials and overwintering insects (pests or not) a cozy home with a nice thick layer of natural insulation, it's o.k. that you don't bother raking the leaves. I think it's also fine if you prefer to remove them in the fall as you may consider the look messy. Since winter here in Toronto lasts into April, that's a long time to see an "untidy" area for many homeowners and certainly for those clients who have hired me in the fall.

Given the amount of property taxes one pays for a Toronto now, you should be able to decide about your leaves one way or another without public shaming or moral judgments.

They're just tree leaves!


Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Front Yard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Front Yard After


Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before



Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup After


Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup Before 


Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Cabbagetown Front Yard Fall Cleanup After 

In the backyard...



Cabbagetown Backyard Fall Cleanup Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Backyard Fall Cleanup Before 



Cabbagetown Backyard Fall Cleanup After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Backyard Fall Cleanup After 


I cut down the herbaceous perennial stalks and leaves from the peonies, hostas and phlox. I also left alone the "evergreen" coral bells (Heuchera), a woody Tree Peony and, of course, the various boxwood beach balls. The latter, I admit, do provide winter interest as the snow collecting on them will make them green and white beach balls!


Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before



Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After 


Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before 



Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardening Company
Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After 


Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before



Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After

Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before



Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Gardening Services Company
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After 


Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before 

Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung Gardening Services Inc.--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After 


Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard Before 



Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After by Paul Jung--a Toronto Organic Gardener
Toronto Cabbagetown Fall Cleanup Backyard After 



That's it for the fall cleanups this year. I'll start posting blog entries which will show flowers, lush foliage and vibrant colour as several seasonal indoor flower shows are/will be occurring soon at a nearby Conservatory.

You've put up with seeing nasty brown bits of dead and dying vegetation in this blog recently so it's the least I can do!

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