October Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  September is a good time to think about planting fall flowers such as digitalis (foxglove), petunia, and shasta daisy. Monitor bedded plants to ensure they have enough water with the hot temperatures.  Water whenever necessary to maintain enough moisture.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Herbs: Dill, fennel, oregano, and sageare herbs to try and grow from seeds or plants.  Click Here to learn more about planting herbs.

Bulbs: 'Carlton', 'Fortune', 'Silver Chimes', 'Thalia', and 'Sweetness' are all bulbs that have a nice smell and will brighten up your garden.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs in your garden. 

Vegetables: Bulbing onions, salad crops such as arugula, lettuce, and spinach and many others can be planted in October. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables.

What maintenance is required this month?

Lawn Weed Control: When the temperatures have gotten to 55°F–60°F for 4–5 days, apply a preemergent herbicide to your lawn.  Click Here to learn more about lawn weed control.

Winter Garden Color:  Consider planting evergreen hollies in your garden to provide color during the winter months. Click Here to learn more about planting hollies.

Trees: Inspect trees for dead or weak limbs to prepare for hurricane season. If trees need to be removed or trimmed, hire a ISA-certified arborist. http://www.isa-arbor.com/

Lawn Pests: St. Augustine grass can be susceptible to Fall armyworms, chinch bugs, mole crickets, and sod webworms during the early Fall months. Click Here to learn more about protecting and treating your grass from bugs.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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