October Gardening Tip
October Gardening Tips
- Plant pansies for spring color next year.
- Plant spring blooming bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for a welcome sight next year.
- Winterize the sprinkler system by draining the lines and blowing out the system, one station at a time.
- Work on controlling slugs and snails by cleaning up areas they are attracted to, and using bait or sprays.
- Compost leaves, dead non-diseased garden plants, and other organic matter.
- Till vacant lots and empty gardens to control over-wintering grasshopper eggs.
- Divide spring-blooming perennials three to four weeks before the ground freezes if they haven’t been divided in four or five years,.
- Wrap the trunks of young trees with white tree wrap to protect them from winter sun exposure from the south and west.
- Lower the height of the mower to cut the lawn between 1 ½ to 2 inches high to prevent winter damage.
- Apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer after the last mowing (October to early November) to help the lawn green up early next spring.
- Cut roses back to about four feet tall to prevent heavy snow load damage.
- Protect roses by mulching the base 4-6 inches high around the graft union.
- Plant green cover crops to boost your soil next year.
- Divide and transplant spring and summer blooming perennials.
- Harvest winter squash before it freezes.
- Plant fall bulbs and perennials for a colorful spring.
- Amaryllis bulbs available at local nurseries.
- Deep water all evergreen trees and shrubs.
- Wrap young trees for winter.
- Clean up perennial flowers.
- Add compost and till garden plot.
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