Oct 06 2009
October happenings in the garden:
- Remove annuals from gardens and containers.
- Plant spring bulbs.
- Make sure you have your planting finished by October 15th or sooner.
- Beds can be prepared for next spring’s plantings.
- All divisions and transplanting should be wrapped up
- Keep evergreens and new plants watered. Older plants may need extra water to ensure sufficient moisture throughout the winter. Water up until just before the ground freezes.
- Begin to rake leaves.
- Weed if necessary, but growth is slowed considerably in this month.
- Mulch tender plants once the ground is frozen.
- If plants turn to mush, such as hostas, you can remove their foliage if desired. Completing this chore in the fall saves time in the spring.
- Perennials to leave up for winter interest and wildlife include Astilbe, Bergenia, Chelone – Turtlehead, Echinacea – Coneflower, Liatris – Blazing Star, Perovskia – Russian Sage, Rudbeckia – Black Eyed Susan, Sedums and Grasses. Hydrangea, rose hips and Red Twigged Dogwoods are also great for winter interest.
- Mow your lawn to 2″ for the final time to combat the growth of snow mold.
- Protect your roses. Hybrid teas and old-fashioned roses such as floribundas and grandifloras need to be protected from winter. You can mound the roses with compost or use the Minnesota Tip Method: http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h112rose-mntip.html
- Finally, don’t forget to call Field Outdoor Spaces to help you with your fall clean up!