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.