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This article provides landscape and garden tips for October in Zone 8
by Brett · Zone 7B · 5° to 10° F to Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F · Growing Basics · 0 Comments · November 05, 2010 · 11,738 views

Planting, Pruning & Mowing Tips


Seed or overseed Fescue or Bluegrass lawns at this time.

Fall is the best season to plant or overseed a fescue lawn. There are two basic categories of fescue seed: "turf-type" and KY-31 Fescue. We recommend using turf-type fescues or a mixture of the two. Keep in mind that Ky 31 is best suited for use in pastures. Broadcast fescue seed with a rotary-type walk behind or shoulder spreader. Feed newly seeded fescue lawns with a lawn starter fertilizer conatining plenty of phosphorus (middle number).

SEE: How To Overseed A Lawn
SEE: How To Seed A New Lawn

October is the perfect time to plant Chrysanthemums (Fall Garden Mums).

During the month of October a huge selection of perennial Chrysanthemums (mums), in many vibrant shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, orange, white, and bronze, are available at most nursery and garden centers in the South. Plant these beauties in full sun and then enjoy their awesome fall-season flower power year after year in your garden.

SEE: About Fall Garden Mums
SEE: How To Prune Garden Mums

October is the Best month to plant Pansies, Violas and other fall and winter flowering annual plants.

You live with your landscape 365 days a year. Fall can be full of color just like Spring! By planting fall-blooming plants, you can keep your landscape and garden interesting even during the cooler months, when not much else is blooming. Pansies and Violas are perhaps the most popular cool-season annual bedding plants for use in flowerbeds and containers. Flowering cabbages, kales, mustards and Swiss Chard are colorful foliage plants perfect for mixing in with your pansies and violas to add height, texture and color contrast.

SEE: Planting Pansies in Containers And Pots
SEE: Planting Annuals In Flower Garden Beds

Begin planting fall bulbs

Fall is a great time to plant daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs. You can plant Daffodil bulbs in mass or more naturally by hand-scattering them along the borders of beds, islands or woodland borders as if Mother Nature planted them herself. Plant Tulip bulbs beneath your pansies and watch them put on a spectacular show when they rise through the pansies in spring! Hyacinths are most impressive when planted in groups/patches.NOTE: In the South and warmer regions, bulbs bought in October should be kept in the refrigerator until mid to late November when they can safely be planted.

Caution: Do not store bulbs in the same compartment of your refrigerator with apples.

Begin to winterize your perennial garden.

Clip back dead growth and spread a layer of mulch or compost to protect plant roots from the colder temperatures that are on the way.

CAUTION: DO NOT cut back Lantanas until next spring when the new growth begins to emerge - Fall pruning almost insures death of Lantanas.

SEE: Winterizing The Perennial Garden

Plant fall vegetables this month.

Now is a good time to plant fall vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, spinach, collards, cauliflower and mustard and turnip greens.

SEE: Fall Vegetable Gardening In The South

Now is a great time to plant perennial plants.

Many fall-blooming perennials are now available at your local nursery and garden center such as, asters, salvias, daisies, perennial ageratum, swamp sunflower, ornamental grasses, Autun Joy sedum and, of course, hardy fall garden mums.

SEE: How To Plant Perennial Plants

October is a great time to plant most shrubs, trees, or groundcovers.

Contrary to popular belief the cool season is the best time to plant ornamental shrubs and trees. Planting during the cool season when plants are in their dormancy will require much less attention to watering. Too, it allows plants to acclimate to their new home where they will benefit from the early spring root flush when soil temperatures begin to warm in spring.

If you're looking for shrubs that provide fall color consider planting Encore Azaleas, Dwarf Burning Bush, Camellias, Beautyberry, and Roses to name a few. If you're looking for trees that provide fall color consider planting Maples, Gingko, Crape Myrtle, Bald Cypress, Red Oaks, and Japanese Maples to name a few.

NOTE: If you have some shrubs or small trees that you would like to relocate, wait until they have gone completely dormant to do so. You know a plant is dormant when it has lost it's leaves, stopped putting out new growth or, in general, when all the shade trees in woodland areas have lost all of their leaves.

SEE:
How To Plant A Shrub In Clay Soil
How To Plant A Shrub
How To Plant A Tree
How To Relocate And Transplant A Shrub Or Tree
Fall Is For Planting Shrubs And Trees


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