For the Month of October

  • Spring flowering bulbs can now be planted, examples of a few are: tulip, daffodil and hyacinth.
  • Fescue grass can now be planted. This beautiful winter grass should be fertilized with a high phosphorus fertilizer. I like to try and get my seed out before the leaves start dropping.
  • Pansies make a great addition to beautiful fall colors. Plant your pansies about 8 inches apart.
  • A weed preventer can be applied to bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and centipedegrass lawns to protect them throughout the winter.
  • Add fallen leaves to your compost pile or consider doing what I like to do by using a mulching blade on my mower and mulching up leaves in the yard for instant return.
  • Decide now which plants you would like to move indoors for the winter. The closer the conditions are with the outdoor and indoor temperature, the easier the transition will be for your plants.
  • Continue mowing your warm weather grasses as needed, but fertilizing is no longer necessary and you might want to set your mower blade to a higher setting.
  • Would you like to have more color changing trees in your yard? A few great fall trees with show stopping color are: ginkgo, red maple, Japanese maple, black gum, white oak, and Chinese pistache.
  • While at your local grocery store or garden center, pick up a Mum. Fall just doesn’t seem like Fall, unless you have a few Mums decorating your lawn.
  • If you still have some warm season annuals in your landscape. Now would be the best time to remove them. They are probably looking a bit tired by now.
  • Don’t prune your shrubs just yet, you should wait until it gets a bit colder and feels more like winter. Your shrubs could still have new growth on them.
  • If your perennials are turning that ugly shade of yellow or brown, then you can go ahead and cut them back to the ground.

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