October Gardening Checklist

A happy Friday to everyone! Excited for Columbus Day and the long weekend? I’m sure you’re all looking forward to be able to relax and be with your family for an extra day! I know I can’t wait to just chill and be at home!

Anyway, now that it’s mid-October, the leaves are finally starting to change and the weather is getting colder. Next thing you know, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be just around the corner! Fall is one of the shortest seasons of the year, but it is also a good time to check in on your garden to see what you can plant or weed out.

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Perennials are one of the most popular flowers that can be seen during the fall. Here are some tips on how to grow and cultivate them in your very own backyard!

Keep planting spring-flowering bulbs, all the way up until the ground becomes frozen, and prepare tender perennials for winter.

Holes for planting crocuses, daffodils, tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs should be about three times deeper than the diameter of the bulbs. Add peat moss, fertilizer and bulb dust to the soil as you plant; then give them a good watering. In milder climates, bulbs can still be divided and transplanted.

Before the first frost, move tender plants such as begonias, geraniums, gerbera daisies and impatiens indoors for the winter. Buy hardy garden mums to plant in well-drained soil in a sunny location; fertilize now, and again in the spring. Color spots of winter pansies and flowering kale and cabbage can also be planted early in the month, or until the ground freezes.

Gladioluses, dahlias, tuberous begonias and fuchsias should be prepared now for winter storage. Hold off on mulching perennials until the ground has frozen.

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Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!


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