Tips - October
WINTER PROTECTION – You might want to mulch now to protect
your roses, rhododendrons and azaleas this month.
BUGS – Spinosad is a great all purpose naturally derived
product to control garden pests including crane fly larvae and root
weevils. Use Sluggo and Sluggo Plus for
slugs and other slimy critters.
BULBS – There is still time to dig tuberous begonia bulbs
and store in a dry location for the winter.
Daffodils, tulips, and crocus are in at HGG, so plant for spring color. Get those beds ready using organic sources of
calcium and phosphorus to prepare the soil.
We have Down to Earth organic fertilizers sitting on the shelf ready for
you to take home.
LAWNS – This is the last time to fertilize! Keep watering until the rain takes over,
about an inch a week.
PRUNING – It’s really getting close to the time to stop
pruning for the year. You can do some
pruning and heading back now which will allow some re-growth before winter, but
don’t go too heavy. It’s best to hold out
till dormant season for most deciduous shrubs and trees.
PLANTING – Its fall and it’s a good time for planting and
transplanting trees, shrubs and perennials.
They can get their roots out into the warm soil and be poised to come
out strong in the spring.
MULCH – If you haven’t already done so apply 2-4 inches on
compost/mulch in your flower beds.
Vegetable gardens can use a cover crop/mulch for the winter. We now have cover crops on the shelf. I would discourage the use of bark only
mulches because they don’t add much to the soil.
PERENNIAL BEDS – Late September, and into November, you want
to clean up your perennials, cutting back spent flowers and cleaning out dead
undergrowth. It’s a good time to divide
peonies and iris, daylilies too. Stake
those tall flowers that are still going strong.