October Gardening Tips

Garden Tips
Planting, transplanting, watering, planting spring bulbs, and slug control head the list of October gardening projects. Fall is the time to begin getting the garden ready for winter, so what you can accomplish in the garden this month will definitely help cut down on maintenance the rest of this fall and winter. Plus, it is best to accomplish these tasks while the weather is still reasonably good.
  • Plant Spring flowering bulbs. Start by bulking up with naturalizing bulbs such as snowdrops,crocus, muscari and scillas before planting tulips and narcissus.
  • Start your paper whites and amaryllis bulbs for them to be in flower by Christmas.
  • Rake fallen leaves and branches.
  • Move tender plants like geraniums, brugmansia, fuchia, phormimun and tibouchina into the greenhouse or a frost-free place for winter.
  • Lift dahlias wash off tubers and store in a frost free place for winter.
  • Plant new trees and shrubs.
  • Get your hedges trimmed.
  • Feed lawns before winter with 6-3-20 or 5-3-15 fertilizer.