October Garden Tips

gillnurseryMonthly Garden Guide

What to

Plant


Vegetable Seeds

Beet, carrot, cilantro, collards, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsley, radish, Swiss chard, spinach, and turnip.

Read: Best Timing for Popular Fall Veggies

Flower Seeds

Bluebonnets and other wildflowers, larkspur, sweet peas, nasturtiums.

Read: Fall is Wildflower Planting Time!

Vegetable Transplants

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, strawberries, parsley, cilantro, and other herbs.

Read: How to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Healthy This Fall

Flower Transplants

Alyssum, begonias, bluebonnet, calendula, chrysanthemum, dianthus (pinks) dusty miller, flowering cabbage and kale, geraniums, gerbera daisy, New Guinea impatiens, lobelia, marigolds, pansies, petunias, phlox, salvia, snapdragons, stock, verbenas, and viola.

Read: Success with Fall Flowers, Marigolds & Mums!

Flower Bulbs

Begin refrigerating bulbs that require chilling such as paperwhites. Amaryllis can be planted now.

Read: Amaryllis & Paperwhites

All container grown trees and shrubs.

What to

Fertilize


Winterize Your Lawn

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

We recommend: Hibiscus Food

Organic: Maestro Rose Glo

Roses

We recommend: Bayer Rose & Flower Rose Food
Organic: Maestro Rose Glo

Poinsettias

We recommend: Miracle Gro
Organic: with Maestro Rose Glo

Blooming Annuals and Perennials

We recommend: Hibiscus Food, or Osmocote 14-14-14 Time Release
Organic: Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro or Maestro Rose Glo

Vegetables

We recommend: Hi Yield Ammonium Sulphate, or Osmocote 14-4-14 Time Release Granules
Organic: Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone

All plants that are especially stressed, or recently transplanted

We recommend (organic): Hasta Gro or Super Thrive

Read: It’s Time to Fertilize for Fall!

What to

Water


  • Water your newly planted vegetables 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.

What to

Watch

Out For


  • Masses of worms eating your oak tree.

    Treat with Liquid Sevin
    Organic: Spinosad or Thuricide.

    Read: Oak Tree Caterpillars

  • Grub Worms in Lawns

    Treat with Bayer 24 hour Grub Control Granules, Bayer Complete or Spectracide Triazicide

  • White Flies on tropicals and perennials, especially lantana and hibiscus.

    Treat with Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, or Bayer Tree & Shrub Concentrate
    Organic: Insecticidal Soap or Neem Oil.


    Watch: Yucky Whitefly

  • Chinch Bugs in Lawns

    Treat with Cyonara or Spectracide Triazicide
    Organic: Diatromaceous Earth


    Watch: How to Check for Chinch Bugs in Your Lawn

  • Mealy Bugs

    Treat with Cyonara, or Spectracide Triazicide, or Bonide Systemic Liquid or Granule
    Organic: Neem Oil or Insecticidal Soap

    Read: Mealy Bugs are Here!

  • Caterpillars or their damage (chewed leaves).

    Spray with Liquid Sevin
    Organic: Spinosad or Thuricide.

    Read: Not All Caterpillars are Bad!

  • Fleas and Ticks

    Treat lawns with Cyonara or Triazicide
    Organic: Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth Crawling Insect Killer.

  • Mosquitoes

    Use Mosquito Beater Liquid for quick kill or Mosquito Beater Granules to repel.

    Read: Mosquito Solutions

  • Powdery Mildew on Crape Myrtles & Roses

    Use Fertilome Broad Spectrum Fungicide or Fertilome Systemic Fungicide 
    Organic: Serenade, Neem Oil

Note: Please, Please, Please, don’t kill the bees!

They are one of the best sources we have to pollinate our fruits, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs.

Read: Best for Bees!

 

Lawn Care


  • Apply Bayer Lawn Fungus or Fertilome F-Stop 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.
  • Apply Nature’s Blend or Peat Moss to lawns prone to Take All Patch Fungus.
  • Continue to water deeply every 1 to 2 weeks if little rainfall.

    Read: Top Five Tips for a Beautiful Fall Lawn, Fall and Winter Lawn Care

What to

Prune


  • Your hardy, woody ornamentals and tropicals only to shape, not severely.
  • Summer perennials.