October

  • Remove fading summer annuals before a hard frost and bring in any tender perennials
  • Maintain consistent watering, especially during a windy fall
  • Empty pots, birdbaths, and fountains before the first frost
  • Cover fish ponds with bird netting to catch falling leaves.
  • Remove any Hardy or Tropical Water Lilies from water gardens. Also remove & discard any floating & marginal plants before first frost. Marginals may survive indoors if treated like a houseplant
  • Remember our feathered friends….put out plenty of birdseed & fresh water.
  • Continue planting trees & shrubs. Also, a great time to transplant any trees & shrubs.
  • Start cleaning up perennial beds before winter…deadhead blooms, prune to shape or cut back dead foliage, & mulch to a depth of 3” to 4”.
  • Plant Pansies & other cool weather annuals, like Violas, ornamental Cabbage & Kale. Under-plant Pansies with Daffodils or Tulips for a brilliant color display in spring.
  • Fertilize Clematis with lime.
  • Fertilize Iris with bone meal.
  • Bring houseplants & tropicals indoors…after removing any foliage damaged by insects and/or disease, trimming up any dead or weak foliage & deadheading blooms. Stop fertilizing during winter or dilute to half strength. Wait until spring to repot.
  • Continue to remove leaves from turf & bed areas. Chop leaves up with a mulching mower & leave on lawn or use in beds…makes a great mulch! Don’t let leaves remain at the base of trees & shrubs. This invites insects & disease.
  • Can dig up Caladiums, Dahlias, Tuber Begonias & Gladiolas to store for winter. Dry & store in peat moss or vermiculite.
  • When you pull up your annuals, add them to your compost pile.
  • Continue to edge bed & turf areas.
  • Continue mowing as needed.
  • Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a minimum depth of 3” to 4” for winter protection.
  • After first frost, plant late spring blooming bulbs.
  • Divide & transplant perennials, Peonies & bulbs.
  • Pay attention when pruning this month….you want to make sure it’s the correct time for the particular plant you’re working on.
  • This will be the last month of your Rose care routine.
  • Continue to deadhead Chrysanthemum blooms as they fade, this will encourage additional blooms.
  • Around Halloween, it’s time for another application of lawn winter fertilizer. Can overseed and add lime and/or fertilizer if necessary.
  • Continue to weed in bed areas either by spraying or by hand, as necessary.
  • Continue to water plant material, especially newly installed landscapes (if no significant rainfall).
  • Reliable Landscaping can handle your fall lawn maintenance. Call 540-842-7685 or contact us online to get started!