Timely Garden Tips For October

  • Container grown and B & B trees and shrubs can be planted. Make sure to mulch well after watering.
  • Plant spring bulbs among hostas, ferns, daylilies or ground covers. As these plants grow in the spring they will hide the dying bulb foliage.
  • Transplant deciduous trees once they have dropped their leaves.
  • Broadleaf herbicides can be applied now to control cool-season weeds such as chickweed and dandelion.
  • Continue mowing lawns until growth stops.
  • Now is a good time to apply lime if soil tests indicate the need.
  • Harvest winter squash and pumpkins before frost. For best storage quality, leave an inch or two of stem on each fruit.
  • Dig sweet potatoes before a bad freeze.
  • Store apples in a cool basement in old plastic sacks that have been perforated for good air circulation.
  • Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees for protection against mice and rabbits.
  • Any plants with green tomatoes or peppers remaining can be hung upside down indoors to ripen.
  • Continue to plant autumn garlic bulbs now for a bumper crop next summer.
  • The birds will soon begin their winter migrations. Fill your bird feeders to give them a helping hand.

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