October Gardening Tips

Fall_Color_Ornament_Grass_2037451HRFall is a great time to start a compost pile. Start out with brown leaf and add the last few trimmings for nitrogen. Remember to alternate layers. Shred brown leaf to speed decomposition.

Apply an anti-dessicant, such as Wilt-Pruf, to spring or fall planted broadleaf evergreens and specimen conifers. Make sure temperatures are above 50 degrees. Newly planted Arborvitaes could be wrapped in burlap to protect from snow load.

Mulch in spring-planted trees and shrubs. Don’t permit them to get too dry; water them throughly and deeply

Start amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus for holiday blooms. (Allow 5-6 weeks for paperwhites and 12 weeks for amaryllis).

Apply fall lawn fertilizer at this time.

Apply lime to lawns to raise pH. A 50# bag of lime will raise lawn pH about .5 point per 1000 sq ft.
Re-seed areas damaged by grubs with insect resistant seed varieties