October in the Garden
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came;
The ashes, oaks, and maples,
And those of every name. –Author unknown
This month the trees will show us their true colors in brilliant shades of gold, copper and red. We will celebrate Columbus Day and Halloween, watch baseball playoffs, and football games. And, as the temperature cools we will find ourselves craving hot apple cider and homemade chili.
October is a the perfect month to play in the dirt! The cooler temperatures give us a welcome relief from the heat of the summer. There is something so refreshing about fall. Take a moment to step into your garden with fresh eyes. Look for tired perennials to cut back, spots that could use a bit more color, and plan ahead for next fall. Replace your summer color with cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, and violas. Plant bulbs for spring flowers, decorate your entryway with containers of mums and asters accented by colorful pumpkins and gourds and enjoy the beautiful weather. When you stop by our nurseries let us show you plants that have great fall color, berries, and flowers. Plant those now to enjoy in fall for years to come.
Here is a list of helpful tips you can take with you into your garden:
October Garden Checklist:
- Buy bulbs to plant later in the month for Spring color
- Divide perennials and cut back faded blooms and dead foliage
- Plant new perennials, trees and shrubs
- Transplant existing trees and shrubs as needed
- Bring houseplants inside – check for any pests or disease before you bring them in. It is a good idea to treat them with a granular systemic insecticide even if you see no insects. This type of insecticide works by getting inside the plant and getting rid of the insects when they chew on the plant
- Plant cool season annuals like pansies and violas – remember to water them regularly while temperatures are still warm
- Rake leaves off grass and out of shrubs
- In your vegetable bed plant lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, broccoli, collards, and cauliflower
- Plant fescue seed, apply a pre-emergent to control winter weeds in your Bermuda or Zoysia lawn (do not apply to fescue if you are sowing seed!)
- On your porch and patio –protect your furniture and grill. Slip-on covers will protect them during the winter
- To add color throughout the winter, place brightly colored container gardens in areas where perennials have gone dormant.