October Landscaping Tips and Information

General

  • Are you enjoying your outdoor lighting with the shorter days? Adjust the system timer as needed for the fall and winter.
  • Continue your fall planting. Fall planting allows for more extensive root development prior to next summer’s drought. Cooler fall temperatures are an ideal time to plant.
  • If you have not done so, think about adding some fall season colors such as Mums, Pansies, cabbage, or Kale.
  • Weed beds as needed.
  • Be mindful of dangers while using outdoor fire pits and fireplaces.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean.

Flower & Vegetable Gardens

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs such as, daffodils and tulips.
  • Keep beds mulched to retain moisture. Add grass clippings and leaves to gardens.
  • Cut back perennials showing signs that their season is over. 6-12” from the ground.
  • Amend the soil in planting areas with compost, peat moss and other products as needed.
  • Add the fall color mentioned above.

Tree & Shrub Beds

  • Continue your comprehensive tree and shrub care program, or start one. If not doing it yourself, please use a licensed professional.
  • Touch up mulch in your planting beds as needed to control weeds and retain moisture.
  • Make sure new plantings are hand watered.
  • Feed your shrubs.

Lawns

  • Continue mowing at about 3” high as needed. “ Grasscycle”- leave the clippings for free fertilizer. * Mow shorter (2”) prior to any renovation and over-seeding.
  • Make sure that your mower blade is kept sharp.
  • Water using best practices such as timing watering to limit evaporation and lawns remaining wet overnight.
  • Last chance if not completed, perform fall renovation work such as; aeration, thatching, and over-seeding. Fall is the time to seed. Apply lime as needed along with a “ Starter” fertilizer.

Watering

  • Reduce water times on automatic systems as temperatures cool.
  • Monitor moisture levels at the plants roots, not on the surface.
  • Water new plantings by hand as well as by an irrigation system.
  • Water responsibly using best practices.
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