Priscilla’s To-Do List for October
  • Clean up the garden in stages as cooler temperatures descend, beginning with hostas, peonies, flopping daylilies and irises, browned out ferns, spent annuals
  • Divide and transplant spring and summer blooming perennials
  • Transplant shrubs and small trees as leaves prepare to drop
  • Make notes about plants to add in 2018
  • Test soil and plan amending later in month to boost any deficient nutrients
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs as soil temperatures cool
  • Plan to prune trees such as birch and stewartia that bleed sap in spring
  • Clean up spent crops in the vegetable garden
  • Use row covers to protect leafy greens on cool nights; remove during warm days
  • Continue to refresh and replant containers as summer annuals droop
  • Water woody plants and anything newly transplanted is still important (see our fall watering guidelines) along with newly seeded lawns
  • Dig and store dahlias after tops have been frosted
  • Spray houseplants with insecticidal soap spray before bringing back indoors
  • Remove fallen leaves promptly from newly seeded lawn areas so the new grass shoots develop properly
  • Shred leaves to reuse as added organic matter or winter protection
  • Ticks are very active, so check yourself, pets and children after outdoor activities and wear repellent