Gardening Tips for October
Replace spent annuals with frost tolerant hardy mums, asters, pansies or kale.
Remove, bag and trash any Gypsy moth, Bagworm, or Eastern tent caterpillar egg masses or spray them with a commercial horticultural oil to smother them.
Bring houseplants back inside before the first frost. Scout for insects and rinse the foliage and containers.
Mulch perennial beds using a loose organic material such as bark chips or leaves to keep down weeds, preserve moisture, and give roots a longer time to grow before the soil freezes.
Renovate the lawn by thatching or aerating if needed. Keep any areas that were seeded in September well-watered.
Plant garlic from October 1st to November 15th. Place each clove pointed-side up at a depth of 2-4” about 6” apart.
Outwit hungry squirrels and chipmunks by planting bulbs in established groundcovers. Lift and store tender bulbs, i.e. cannas, dahlias and gladiolus after first frost.
Cut asparagus ferns to the ground once they have been hit with a frost and turned brown.
As tomatoes end their production remove the plants and pick up any debris to put in the trash or take to a landfill. Many diseases will over-winter on old infected leaves and stems so these are best removed from the property.
Limit herbaceous plant material near the house to eliminate hiding places for the insects and mice that could wind up indoors as temperatures plummet.
Despite good cultural practices, pests and diseases at times may appear. Chemical control should be used only after all other methods have failed.
For pesticide information please call UConn Home and Garden Education Center weekdays, in Connecticut call toll free 877-486-6271. Out of state call 860-486-6271
Revised by the UConn Home and Garden Education Center 2017
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