October To Do’s
- Vegetable seeds: beet, carrot, cilantro, collards, garlic, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, radish, Swiss chard, spinach, and turnip.
- Flower seeds: bluebonnets, California poppy, larkspur, sweet peas, wildflowers, and nasturtiums.
- Vegetable transplants: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, strawberries, and herbs.
- Flower transplants: alyssum, asters, begonias, bluebonnet, calendula, chrysanthemum, dianthus (pinks) dusty miller, flowering cabbage and kale, geraniums, gerbera daisy, impatiens, lobelia, marigolds, pansies, petunias, phlox, salvia, shasta daisies, snapdragons, stock, verbenas and viola.
- Flower bulbs: Begin refrigerating bulbs that require chilling such as hyacinths and paperwhites. Amaryllis can be planted now.
- All container-grown trees and shrubs.
- Winterize your lawn with Gill 13-1-3, or Supreme lawn food.
- For an organic approach use Milorganite, Ladybug lawn & garden, or Medina Growin Green.
- Tropicals with Hibiscus Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
- Roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Rose Food, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
- Blooming annuals and perennials with Hibiscus Food, or Osmocote 14-14-14 Time Release, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo
- Poinsettias with Miracle Gro, organically with Maestro Rose Glo
- Vegetables with Hi Yield Ammonium Sulphate, or Osmocote 14-14-14 Time Release Granules, organically with Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
- All plants especially stressed, or recently transplanted, with Hasta Gro organic fertilizer or Super Thrive
- Your newly planted vegetable and bedding plants regularly but take care not to overwater with cooler nighttime temperatures.
- Cut back on watering your established plants and lawn as temperatures cool down, since they use less water. If you are unsure when to water, use a moisture meter to take out the guesswork.
Watch Out For:
- Masses of worms eating your oak tree. Treat with Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide or Spinosad
- Grub worms in lawns – treat with Bayer 24 hour Grub Control Granules, Bayer Complete or Spectricide Triazicide
- Chinch bugs in lawns – treat with Spectracide Triazicide, organically with Diatomaceous Earth
- Mealy bugs – treat with Liquid Sevin, or Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic Liquid or Granule, organically with Neem Oil.
- White flies on tropicals and perennials, especially lantana and hibiscus. Treat with Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, or Bayer Tree & Shrub Concentrate, organically with Pyrethrin, Insecticidal Soap or Neem Oil
- Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves). Spray with Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide or Spinosad
- Powdery mildew on crape myrtles and roses – use Daconil or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, organically with Serenade or Neem Oil
- Fleas and ticks – treat lawns with Cyonara, Spectracide Triazicide, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer
- Mosquitoes – Use Mosquito Beater Liquid for quick kill or Mosquito Beater granules to repel them.
- Note – Please, Please, don’t kill the bees. They are one of the best sources; we have to pollinate our fruits, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs.
- Apply Bayer Lawn Fungus as a preventative to brown patch fungus, which shows up as temperatures drop during fall and winter months, organically with Serenade for lawns.
- Apply Ironite or Hi Yield Iron Plus to yellowing lawns, organically with Green Sand.
- Continue to water deeply every 1 to 2 weeks if little rainfall.
- Apply Nature’s Blend or Peat Moss to lawns prone to Take All Patch Fungus.
- Your hardy, woody ornamentals and tropicals only to shape, not severely.
- Summer perennials.