October Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  As you think about your garden for fall, try Plant digitalis (foxglove), petunia, and shasta daisy which will provide extra color for the coming months .  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Fall vegetables can be planted now including arugula, lettuce, and spinach. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida.

Bulbs: Fragrant daffodil varieties for North Florida include 'Carlton', 'Fortune', 'Silver Chimes', 'Thalia', and 'Sweetness'.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs.

Herbs: Dill, fennel, oregano, and sage are great herbs to try that can be planted from plants or seeds. Click Here to learn more about planting herbs in North Florida.

What maintenance is required this month?

Lawn Weeds:  A preemergent herbacide will help to keep weeds from growing, but must be applied at the right time.  The best time to do this is when nighttime temps are 55°F–60°F for 4–5 days.  Click Here to learn more.

Winter Lawn Tips: If pine needles are falling on your yard, instead of bagging them, consider spreading them in plant beds.  Also, evergreen hollies are wonderful plants to add color for the upcoming cooler months.  Click Here to learn more about planting hollies.

Lawn Disease: Keep an eye on your yard for brown patches which can often be caused by fungal diseases.  Click Here to learn more about how to prevent your yard from being susptable to brown patch.

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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