October Lawn & Garden Tips
In the Garden
- Sow cool-season seeds for incredible spring color. Try Larkspur, Lupine, Nigella, Pansies, Shirley Poppies, and Sweet Peas.
- Freshen up container gardens. Choose colorful foliage plants, cool-season annuals, and late summer bloomers. Ornamental grasses are at their best now. Plant Mums, Snapdragons, Pansies, Stock and Calendula for beautiful fall color.
- Divide and replant clumping perennials. Work in Dr. Earth Root Zone Starter Fertilizer when replanting.
- Plant cool-season veggies now including onions, shallots, and garlic. Some veggies that can be planted now include peas and sugar snap peas. All lettuces and salad greens grow best at this time of year. All members of the Cole family including broccoli, cabbages, and cauliflower as well as root crops including beets, rutabagas, and carrots. Try cool-season tomatoes such as ‘Oregon Spring,’ ‘Stupice’
- Reduce water for deciduous fruit trees, doing this allows them to go dormant.
- Fall is for planting. Now is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and cool-season annuals because as the days grow shorter and the soil cools down it feels like spring to these plants. They establish their roots in the soil before it becomes too cool and once our actual spring arrives they take off and grow like crazy up on top. Be sure to use Dr. Earth Root Zone Starter Fertilizer to get the roots off to a good start.
- Remove cool-season weeds from beds and borders. Apply Greenlight Amaze as a pre-emergent weed control.
In the House
- Crotons bring beautiful fall colors in gold, red and muted green to the home. Combine them with pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn for rich autumn table centerpieces. Display candles on turned wood candlesticks to complete the look.
For the Lawn
- Lower lawn mower blades for cool-season lawns (such as Marathon and Delta), for fall and winter.
- This is the month to overseed with a cool season grass seed. Use winter rye. Mow your existing St. Augustine or Bermuda lawn short and apply seed. Cover with Dr Earth Top Dress Seed Cover and Mulch and water regularly. New grass will sprout within 1 to 2 weeks.
For the Birds
- Keep Them Full: Keep your feeders and the birds full this month as the landscape transitions from summer to fall.
- Feed Migrating Birds. While summer has nearly ended, keep your hummingbird feeders full. They may attract migrating hummingbirds.
- Plant Berries. Keep the birds in mind when selecting your fall plants. Plant berry bushes like hollies, pyracantha, mahonia, and blueberries to keep the birds happy.