Holy Toledo it's October already!
Wow! Hard to believe another month has flown by!
-Plant searly pring bulbs like among hostas, ferns, daylilies or ground covers. As these plants grow in the spring they will hide the dying bulb foliage.
-Plant tulips now.
-Container grown and B & B trees and shrubs can be planted. Loosen the soil in an area 5 times the diameter of the root ball before planting. Mulch well after watering.
-Continue watering, especially evergreens if soils are dry.
-Nuts or seeds of woody plants usually require exposure to 3 months cold before sprouting. This may be provided by outdoor planting in fall or "stratifying" in an unsealed bag of damp peat moss placed in the refrigerator.
-For best bloom later this winter, Christmas cactus, potted azaleas and kalanchoe may be left outdoors until night temperatures drop to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Spring bulbs for forcing can be potted up now and stored in a cool, frost-free place until it is time to bring indoors, usually 12 to 15 weeks.
-Cannas and dahlias can be dug when frost nips their foliage. Allow the plants to dry under cover in an airy, frost-free place before storage.
-Transplant deciduous trees once they have dropped their leaves.
-Trees may be fertilized now. This is best done following soil test guidelines.
-Seeding should be finished by October 15.
-Broadleaf herbicides can be applied now to control cool season weeds such as chickweed and dandelion
-Now is a good time to apply lime if soil tests indicate the need.
-Continue mowing lawns until growth stops.
-Keep leaves raked off lawns to prevent smothering grass.
-Winterize lawn mowers before storage.
-Sow cover crops such as winter rye after crops are harvested.
-Continue harvesting tender crops before frost.
-Gourds should be harvested when their shells become hard or when their color changes from green to brown.
-A few degrees of frost protection may be gained by covering tender plants with sheets or light-weight fabric row covers.
-Dig sweet potatoes before a bad freeze.
-Harvest winter squash and pumpkins before frost. For best storage quality, leave an inch or two of stem on each fruit
-The average first frost usually arrives about October 15-20.
-Store apples in a cool basement in old plastic sacks that have been perforated for good air circulation.
-Persimmons start to ripen, especially after frost.
-Monitor fruit plantings for mouse activity and take steps for their control if present.
-Place wire guards around trunks of young fruit trees for protection against mice and rabbits.
-Begin peak fall color in maples, hickories and oaks.
-It's autumn, get out for a walk, hike, drive, canoe and enjoy nature's art~
Updated: 6:22 PM GMT on October 04, 2010
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