Here’s Your October Garden To-Do List

Whoa!  Hold on!  Just because the leaves are turning and the air is crisp, doesn’t mean your duties in the garden are over for the year.  There is much to do to prepare for next year.  Make your spring gardening easier by accomplishing many important tasks during the fall and early winter.

At Stockslagers Greenhouse and Garden Center, we’ve created the following list to assist you with your fall gardening.  As always, be sure to call or stop in our garden center to ask our garden specialists any questions you may have.

  • In the next two weeks, you can still plant perennial seeds and bulbs.  When the soil temperature drops below 60°, Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Crocus can be planted.
  • Prune your roses after they have flowered.
  • To make your spring tilling easier, start digging now.  Working in organic matter now will lighten the work load in the spring.  The harsh winter weather will break down the soil.  In addition apply a slow-release fertilizer.
  • Deadhead your flowers.  This means you need to cut off the wilting flowers and eventually cut them further down after the first frost.  Don’t forget to mulch the area for awesome growth in the spring!
  • Plant your garlic bulbs now!  They love sun and generous amounts of rich manure.
  • Now is the time to move deciduous trees and shrubs in your yard.  Digging them up and replanting them throughout the winter is advisable because it will cause less shock to the plants.
  • For another week, you still have time to lay sod and sow grass seed.  It will take root with some watering.
  • Wash all the dirt and disease off of your garden tools.  You don’t want to spread it around next spring.
  • Finally, remember to take notes in the fall regarding what worked in the spring and summer.  Doing this will make your spring decisions much easier.

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