OCTOBER GARDEN "TO DO" LIST

 

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • CONTINUE to get that ONE inch of water a week on your perennials, flowers, shrubs and trees, especially if they are newly transplanted.  GRAB YOUR HOSE!

  • Apply anti-transpirants to your broad-leaved evergreens that are located in windy areas.  This will slow down water loss through the needles.  They may also be wrapped in burlap.

  • You may want to wrap your young trees and shrubs in poultry wired or hardware cloth to protect them from rabbits and vole damage.

  • Winterize aquatic gardens.

  • Save shredded leaves for mulching in November.

  • Clean birdbaths.

 

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS:

  • The end of fall, what a great season this was!  Make notes of what you did well and what you want to improve on.

  • Clean up your plant debris from the garden or you may want to consider leave some plant remnants for winter interest.  It does provide food for wildlife.

  • Continue to add to the compost pile with shredded leaves.  Till compost.

  • NOT TOO LATE TO PLANT SPRING BULBS!  Plant until the ground freezes.

  • A few weeks after a killing frost, lift and store your dahlias and cannas.

 

LAWN CARE

  • Continue mowing @ 2 inches until the grass is dormant.

 

FRUIT, VEGETABLE, AND HERB CARE

  • Plant your seed GARLIC.

  • Plant your MILKWEED.

  • Harvest PUMPKINS before a frost.

  • Ripen GREEN TOMATOES

    • Save only mature green tomatoes.

    • Place tomatoes in a cardboard box lined with newspaper, leave a little space between the fruit for air circulation.  Cover with newspaper.  Repeat second and third layer covering each with newspaper.  Cover box.

    • Store at 70-80 degrees to ripen in about two weeks.

    • Store at 60-70 degrees and 50-60 degrees for successive ripening.

    • A Banana in the box will turn the tomatoes red quicker due to the natural ethylene in banana’s to speed up the ripening.

 

INDOOR GARDEN

  • Acclimate plants indoors and rescue some favorites from the frost.

 

HINTS:

  • Soilless mix from containers can be discarded or kept aside for one more year.  If used again, mix equal parts of old and new mix.

  • Clean ceramic, cement, terra cotta containers and store in frost free space.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/041009.html

 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist