October To Do List

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Gardening in October To Do List!

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We are all done in the garden, yes?  Unfortunately not, as there are still tasks ahead, even after the first frosts arrive. Bundle yourself up and head outside for a few last minute chores.

lawnsFor the lawn:

–If the grass is still growing, keep mowing

–Get the Fall/Winterizer fertilizer and  granular Dolopril lime on your lawn as soon as possible


IMG_1289For perennial beds:

–Time to finally plant your eagerly  purchased spring bulbs, and tulips can go in until early November

–There is still time to plant perennial seeds!

–Dig your dahlia, gladiola, calla and canna bulbs before the ground freezes, and store in a cool, dry, dark area. A paper bag with a bit of peat moss added will do just fine.

–Any new  plantings/transplantings/divisions still need to be watered if there hasn’t been sufficient rainfall.

–Rip out ugly past-their-prime annuals and plug in lovely pansies, violas, ornamental kale/cabbage, and ornamental grasses.

–Tender geraniums, begonias and fuchsias  and other annuals should be brought indoors or moved to a greenhouse/cold frame before the first frost if you want to over winter them for next spring.

For vegetable beds:

–There is still time to direct sow winter veggies like broad beans, garlic, radishes, and spinach. We have a great selection in stock from West Coast Seeds still available.

–Cut back raspberry canes that have grown  too long to prevent damage by winter winds

–Cut back everbearing or fall raspberry canes to the ground.

–Dig and divide congested clumps of  rhubarb.

–Some root crops like carrots, parsnips,  and onions can be left in the ground and dug up as needed—but make sure to apply enough mulch to the bed to keep the ground from freezing.

For shrubbery and trees:

–It is still a fabulous time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs, due to the minimal amount of shock they will endure at this point.

–Rhodos or viburnums (or any other shrubs)  that have suffered from root weevils will benefit from an application of  parasitic nematodes at this point.

For fruit trees:

–Harvest time for many fruit trees including certain varieties of apples, figs, persimmons, jujubes and walnuts.

–Time to wrap your tree with an insect barrier. Tanglefoot is a certified organic paste that prevents over wintering insects from laying eggs in your fruit trees. It traps the female cutworms, inchworms, gypsy moths, canker worms, weevils, and tussock  moths. Remember to remove in spring (usually March).

For indoor houseplants:

Bring them in. The longer you  leave them outside, the more shock they will experience when they have to go in the house for winter.

Odds and Sods:

–Get rid of Slugs. What to do: Use a pet and child friendly slug bait like Safer’s to decimate the next generation of sluggers in the spring.

–Weed once more just to tidy beds and prevent a thousand weed seeds from germinating next spring. You will thank yourself for it!

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