October is a great month to get all the last minute items done on your property. It is still warm enough … but not for long. This list will help you figure out what needs to be done before the cold sets in!
- Fertilize established fescue lawns with a winterizer for better growth in the spring.
- Mulch or gather leaves regularly as they drop, as a thick leaf layer on lawns can promote insects and diseases and delay winter dormancy.
- Continue to mow the lawn, as needed. Mow one last time before the first freeze. Grass is much more likely to develop turf diseases if it goes into dormancy at a taller height.
- Late October is an excellent time for planting shrubs and hardy trees, or transplanting large woody shrubs or ornamental trees.
- Tidy the garden by removing spent summer annuals, pruning dead bloom spikes off perennials, and re-shaping overgrown perennials later in the season.
- Plant cool-weather annuals like pansies. Add an organic fertilizer such as bone and blood meal, organic matter such as compost, and work it into the bed before planting.
- Plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus and other spring flowering bulbs from late October until the ground freezes.
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