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October Gardening Tips

  • Even in fall there are lots of annuals to plant: Alyssum, Iceland Poppy, Johnny-Jump Up, Snapdragon and Pansy
  • October is a good time to divide and transplant overgrown clumps of bulbs. Transplant as you would new bulbs
  • Purchase Spring Bulbs now
  • Reduce water for deciduous trees as they begin to go dormant
  • Use clippers to avoid tearing fruit and snip off with a small section of their stems
  • Mulch over the roots of frost tender vines and groundcovers. Replenish mulches so they remain at 2-3 inches
  • October is the last chance to plant winter vegetables
  • Apply frost protective sprays on tender plants once night time temps reach the high 30's
  • Allow Pumpkin and Winter Squash to grow to size and harvest when their stems have turned brown
  • October is a good month to plant a new lawn using cool season grasses like Fescue
  • Fertilize existing lawns
  • Rake up falling autumn leaves to help the lawn “breathe”
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