Priscilla’s To-Do List for October into early November!
- Begin to cut back spent perennials in stages on dry days to prevent spread of fungal leaf diseases and consider leaving some standing through winter as refugia for pollinators
- Rake or use an electric blower to remove heavy layers of leaves from lawns to prevent smothering the grass
- Pull or cut annuals after frost
- Avoid cutting down hydrangea, tree peonies or woody herbs
- Clean up vegetable gardens promptly to prevent the spread of diseases and creating overwintering sites for pests
- Test and amend soil in problem areas per soil test results
- Dormant prune ornamental trees such as crabapple, dogwood, and Japanese maple after leaf drop; also shrubs such as double file viburnum
- Plant bulbs for spring color
- Finish dividing and transplanting perennials by the end of October
- Finish fall planting by the end of October to ensure rooting before winter
- Make notes about changes or additions to next year’s garden
- Winterize irrigation systems
- Drain hoses and store for winter
Let us know how we can help you with your fall garden chores and better prepare for whatever winter will bring us!
I look forward to visiting with you in your garden in the coming month.
Priscilla and the PBOG Team