Fall is well under way, you know what that means. It means heaters are coming on, windows are frosting over, and we start wearing masks for more then just protection against Covid!
It's time to prepare for temperature drops and freezing weather. According to the Farmers Almanac winter will be colder and drier than normal, with the coldest periods in mid- and late December and mid- and late February.
So what should you be doing this October with your Garden?
Buy your late winter and early spring bulbs.
Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials such as daylilies, phlox, coneflowers, and daisies.
Plant winter-hardy trees and shrubs. Plants set out now have more time to become established before spring growth.
Harvest sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and winter squash.
Remove all debris and dead plants to prevent overwintering of certain garden pests.
Prepare garden beds for more fall planting; remember to mix in plenty of organic matter.
Begin planting spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocus, and daffodils.
Bring in all houseplants; check for pests before bringing them in for the winter.
For lawns, apply 1 inch of water per week and a light application of potassium.
Overseed established lawns from midmonth through November for a greener winter lawn.
Resume full fertilizing of roses as weather cools.
Cut back watering for your plants as the days shorten and become cooler.
In the landscaping world, cooler temperatures mean later starts to our day, the sun comes up a little later, and the weather is always a factor, so keep these things in mind when you book your next assessment or clean-up with us!
“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”