Kyle’s Korner – October Gardening Tips

October is a good time for mulching all plants, shrubs and trees.  There are several things that you can do to prepare and protect your plants during the months to come.

 

Mulching:

  • Mulching your plants 3-4″ deep can help prevent weeds.
  • Mulching helps moderate extreme temperatures in the root zone.
  • You will not have to water as often after mulching.

Divide & Replant:

  • You should divide and replant spring/summer blooming perennials.  This will give them time to establish themselves.
  • Herbs such as garlic, multiplying onion and chives should be divided and replanted as well.
  • You can also plant your wildflower seeds now for spring flowers.

Treating & Fertilizing:

  • Watch fro brown patches in your lawn.  This is a fungus caused by cool nights and warm days.
  • Now is a great time to fertilize your lawn with NitroPhos.  It builds strong roots making the lawn much stronger.
  • You can also use a root activator to help establish and ready your trees and shrubs for spring.

Fall Favorites

There are several crops that thrive when planted in the fall.  Some of these include: Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots and Squash.  There are others too, but these plants seem to be the most productive, and are not very demanding.

Plan Ahead…

Keep in mind:

  • Because the days are getting shorter, you may need to add a week or two to the number of days to maturity listed on the seed packets.
  • You may want to consider using transplants rather than seeds.  This will give you a slight advantage.
  • You will need to maintain moisture, protect from insects, and freezing temperatures.
  • You can fortify your soil by adding a little compost prior to planting.
  • Don’t forget to bring your houseplants inside.  You may also need to dust them with insecticide, re-pot, and fertilize them.

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