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I love the fall season.  I am glad that I live where there are Octobers. 
                Here are a few gardening tips for October:         
water!!  I can’t stress this enough right now.  It has been a couple of years since we last experienced a dry spell like we are experiencing these past six weeks.  We only received an inch and a half of rain the whole month of September.  A lot of plants are being planted and a lot of lawns are being renovated right now.  Keeping things watered is key to being successful with these landscape projects.
  1.  Home decorating is great fun when you can add pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn, and other harvest items to the landscape or porch d├ęcor.
  2. Don’t forget fall bulbs  -  Now you will find the best selection.  We have one of the most extensive collection of fall bulbs in the Richmond area.  Remember, bulbs need about 10 weeks of cold weather to create their beauty in the spring.
  3. If you live in deer territory – try planting daffodil bulbs.  Deer will leave them alone.
  4. FALL IS FOR PLANTING  -  Just because the leaves are falling doesn’t mean the end of the planting season.  Now is a great time to plant shrubs and trees.  We have warm soil that helps encourage root growth.  We have less pests to deal with this time of year.  Plants that are planted now have 8 months to become more rooted and established before the stress of next summers’ heat and dryness.  We are dry right now.  Water the plants well at the time of planting and water them two or three times a week.
  5. If you are following the SOD program with your lawn maintenance then you want to give your lawn its’ second (October) application of fall fertilizer.  If you seed in September and has germinated then with this October fertilizer you can consider putting down a pre-emergent weed control such as Bonide Weed Beater Complete.
  6. Now is the time to be hanging the birdfeeders and start feeding the birds.  Birds need a winter food source now that insects have disappeared.
  7. It is pansy planting season.  Plant now for deeper root development before heading into the colder winter months.
  8. Don’t prune or fertilizer evergreens such as conifers, hollies, etc.  We are still in a growing season and pruning will encourage new growth that we don’t want now.  Wait till the plants have done dormant for the winter before doing any pruning.  Also, hold off on giving plants a fertilizer until later in the year.  Espoma Plant-tone or Holly-tone is perfect to help the evergreens build strong roots through the winter.
Posted: 10/3/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
mary d pierce
What is the SOD program? Is it similar to the VT or UMD program?
10/5/2017 10:00:22 AM

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