October Garden Chores


Remember that both children and elders can be a big help during autumn gardening season.

Kids can plant bulbs ( my daughter loves to do this) and elders can sit comfortably and trim

roots, divide plants (that someone younger dug up), and prune shrubs and smaller trees…

 

 

Dahlia roots should be cared for in autumn.

 

Zone 1

Finish planting container-grown trees and shrubs

Plant needle-bearing evergreens early in the month

If the month is dry, repeat the September soaking

Check ties on trees, and loosen any that look tight

Finish bulb planting early in the month

Cover compost to keep it warm and working

Observe trees for fall color; jot names of the best in your notebook

Dig dahlia roots after tops are frosted

Zone 2

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Protect roses for winter

Zone 3

Start fall compost pile

Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter

Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs

Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Protect roses for winter

 

Get those spring bulbs in the ground now!

 

Zone 4

Start fall compost pile

Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter

Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs

Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow

Buy spring-blooming bulbs

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped fruit trees

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Plant, feed, and aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials after bloom

Protect roses for winter

Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines

Plant balled-and-burlapped trees

Plant trees in containers

Plant frost-tolerant trees

Zone 5

Start fall compost pile

Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs

Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow

Buy winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees fruit trees

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Plant cool- and warm-season lawns

Aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials after bloom

Plant container roses

Protect roses for winter

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees, shrubs, and vines

Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines

Plant frost-tolerant trees

Zone 6

Start fall compost pile

Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs

Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow

Buy winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped fruit trees

Plant permanent ground covers

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Plant and aerate lawns and loosen thatch

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials after bloom

Plant container roses

Protect roses for winter

Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees, shrubs, and vines

Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines

Plant frost-tolerant trees

Plant needle-leafed evergreens

 

Ornamental grasses put out good roots now.

 

Zone 7

Plant or repair lawns

Plant ornamental grasses

Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter

Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Pre-chill tulips and hyacinths for indoor forcing

Plant balled-and-burlapped or container fruit trees

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Rake lawn to remove debris

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Plant container roses

Plant balled-and-burlapped or container trees, shrubs, and vines

Prune fall-flowering shrubs just after bloom

Protect tender plants from frost

Zone 8

Plant for fall and winter color

Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Plant balled-and-burlapped and container fruit trees

Prune frost-sensitive fruit trees

Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Plant or repair lawns

Plant ornamental grasses

Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials

Plant fall- and winter-blooming perennials

Prune fall-blooming shrubs and vines just after bloom

Plant seedlings of cool-season or winter vegetables

Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables

Zone 9

Plant for fall color with annuals

Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Feed and water cacti or succulents that are growing or blooming

Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming

Repair or plant lawns

Rake lawns to remove debris

Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors

Plant fall- and winter-blooming perennials

Prune fall-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom

Plant or transplant seedlings of cool-season or winter vegetables

Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables

 

Keep contrasting colors around for interest in cooler weather.

 

Zone 10

Plant annuals for fall color

Set out fall and winter-blooming plants

Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs

Feed and water cacti and succulents that are growing or blooming

Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming

Plant winter-blooming perennials

Prune fall-flowering shrubs and vines after bloom

Sow cool-season vegetable seeds

Start seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables

Zone 11

Finish planting spring-blooming bulbs

Plant container-grown trees and shrubs

Feed and water lawn to encourage overseeded grass

Prune back summer- and fall-blooming shrubs

Allow rose hips to form; it will encourage early dormancy in bushes

Don’t forget that many elders need an extra hand tending their property year

around.  Do the right thing and pitch in! Respectfully, Certified Care .org

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