What plants like Halloween the most?
And After that corny joke, here are some landscape tips for October!
October brings cooler weather and shorter days. It’s an important time to build your garden and get it ready for a beautiful and healthy Spring season!
Beware! Creepy Crawlers…. Be ready for the fall hatch of snails and slugs. Baiting or trapping is best as many are too small to collect at this stage. Their are still a few aphids around especially on roses, however most insect problems are minor and they will be controlled with the first frost, which usually hits by the end of the month. Nematodes will hunt and kill the overwintering larvae in the soil, reducing next years pests. Apply nematodes to your garden if you had problems with diabrodica or cucumber beetle last Summer. Be Sure to use fresh stock and water them in well.
Planting time! The weather is perfect for planting most permanent plants, many winter annuals are also available. Wait until December if your plants will be available as bare root, and hold off until spring for those frost sensitive species. If your perennials are crowded and you are noticing smaller blooms, then its time to divide them. Aster, bellflower, Calais, corral bell, Shasta daisy, day lily, Jerusalem artichoke and yarrow. Put in your winter bulbs now. Refrigerate tulips and hyacinths for planting in early December.
Keep Fertilizing! Feed newly planted annuals with a balanced fertilizer. Switch to a low nitrogen 0-10-10 or 6-20-20 once they gain some size. Give Azaleas, citrus, gardenias and rhododendrons a foliar application of chelated iron if chlorotic (apply no nitrogen at this time).
Leaves falling and well, pruning is light… Divide and replant crowded perennials. Dig and store tuberous begonias, cannes, dahlias and gladiolus. Allow them to air dry then store them in a cool dark place. Use paper bags, not plastic to store your bulbs in. Cut bedding begonias to the ground after first frost.
Autumn Lawn Care Tips! The days are getting shorter and so should your mowing height. Lower your mower down to one and one half inches (1 1/2) on bluegrass and ryegrass lawns. Tall fescue should be lowered to (2 1/2). Do this gradually over several weeks by lowering the mower one half inch (1/2) each week. Apply a heavy application of slow release fertilizer about mid month. Your lawn will stay nice and green well into fall and break dormancy early in the spring. Reseed or sod thin spots in your lawn and let the winter rains take care of the watering. Apply nematodes if you have had a white grub problem in the past and water them in well. Don’t fertilize bermuda grass this month as it can lead to winter die back and a high disease incidence in the spring