October Delaware Garden Guide

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First Week of October:

  • Dig gladiolus, dahlias, tubers and other tender bulbs.
  • Plant blooming chrysanthemums to add color to fall landscapes.
  • Water evergreens if needed.
  • Seed or sod the lawn if the mild weather continues.
  • Take a soil sample of the gardens, so that the results are available in time to add fertilizer or lime which will improve or adjust soil fertility.
  • Consider using shredded white pine needles as mulch around azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and andromedas.

Second Week of October:

  • Dig up and pot an herb plant or two from the herb garden.  Parsley, chives, sage, thyme, or scented geraniums do well all winter if watered and set in a warm sunny window.
  • Rake deciduous tree leaves and add them to the compost pile.
  • Pick and destroy bagworms from the evergreens and shrubs. This will abolish the spring hatching of over-wintering eggs.
  • Plant shrubs and divide crowded perennials.
  • Prune leaves and stems of herbaceous perennials as they turn brown.

Third Week of October:

  • Continue to mow the lawn so that it will not be matted down under heavy snow (if we have any).
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc.).
  • Protect broadleaf evergreens from winter damage caused by wind and sun.
  • Rake and clean up rose gardens to prevent black spot and other diseases.
  • Keep an eye open for reduced prices on end-of-the-season gardening tools and equipment to be used next year or given as gifts.

Last Week of October:

  • Transplant small trees after leaves have fallen.
  • Secure vines to their support systems.
  • Clean up garden debris and add to the compost pile

Master Gardner Tip:

–    Call your local extension office for the fall Master Gardener workshop schedule.

–    Send e-mail to:  KENT-MG@UDEL.EDU to obtain answers to your gardening questions.


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