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Top 6 Things to Plant in October

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Top 6 Things to Plant in October

Fall is a great time to be working in the garden. Yard cleanup isn't that exciting, but keep in mind that this is actually the perfect time for planting perennials, shrubs and trees.

  • The cooler temperatures are much nicer for working in
  • The soil is warm enough to still allow root growth until frost
  • Lots of fall showers to water your garden
  • Less pests to worry about
  • Garden Sales!

 

The top six items that you should be planting this month are:

  1. Spring bulbs: spring-blooming bulbs need a period of cold before they will bloom. Plant with the pointy tips up!
  2. Lawn grass: repair damaged spots in your existing lawn, or or establish new grass either by seeding or with fresh sod. Keep new grass watered until the frost. Don't forget to fertilize!
  3. Trees & shrubs: plant them now while they have some time to establish new roots before the freeze sets in. Make sure the top of the root ball is flush with the hole you've dug. 
  4. Perennials: plant new treasures from the garden centre, or divide existing perennials, and keep well-watered.
  5. Seeds: sow perennial seeds that need a period of cold before they sprout, like columbines, primroses and shasta daisies.
  6. Garlic: plant garlic bulbs now to harvest next summer. Get garlic scapes around the end of June, and the actual garlic heads in July or so.

 

October Garden Tasks:

  • Transplant shrubs or young trees to new locations.
  • Cut diseased areas out of perennials. Do not compost.
  • Rake and compost any fallen leaves.
  • Clean up garden debris. Remove all vegetable plants and fallen fruit.
  • Remove dead annuals from the garden, after a frost.
  • Cut back perennial foliage to discourage overwintering pests. Leave flowers with seeds for the birds.
  • Continue watering trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.
  • Sharpen lawn mower blade and pruners.
  • Trim tall grass away from trees and corners of your home to discourage small rodents from creating nests.
  • Dig up tender bulbs such as dahlia, canna and gladiola. Wrap them in moist material and store in a cool, dark space.



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