Top 5 Gardening Must-Dos for October

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Welcome to Fall in South Texas!  October is prime time for planting, feeding, and setting your garden up for success! Warm days and cool evenings are perfect to spending time outdoors.  The garden is abundant with flowers, herbs, veggies, blooming shrubs & trees. Fresh air & gardening are simple ways to stay healthy & whole.

Check out our October Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Plant Flowers for Fall 

Take advantage of the weather while the days are still long. It’s the perfect time to start cool weather Impatiens, Snapdragons, Violas, Petunias, Calendula, Begonias, & many more. Warm days help flowers develop roots so they can look their best during the cooler months ahead.

2. Plant Food

Some of the best… Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Cilantro, Nasturtiums, and the list goes on. Don’t forget to feed them to get the best harvest. 

Watch:  Coastal Bend Veggie Gardening Guide

3. Fertilize Lawn

Fertilizing this month helps develop strong roots for healthy growth next Spring and Summer.  We recommend our Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer or Medina Growin’ Green. Both can be used in all areas of your landscape. Prevent weeds in your lawn by applying Weed Beater Complete or Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.

Read: Fall Lawn Care

4. Plant Trees & Shrubs

I’ll say it again… it’s all about growing roots. Trees planted in Fall grow more in Spring & Summer. Live Oak, Burr Oak, Magnolia, Anacua, Cedar Elms, & Wild Olive are some of our South Texas fav’s.

Read: The Advantages of Fall Planting

5. Sow Wildflower Seed

Seeding Texas favorites like Bluebonnets, Indian Blankets, and Wildflower mixes during the Fall gives them the cooler temps and adequate rains to help them sprout in spring, just remember to mark where you sow, so you don’t mistake for weed sprouts next year.

4 Comments on “Top 5 Gardening Must-Dos for October”

  1. I have a HUGE staghorn fern growing on one of my mesquite trees. It is so HUGE that I am afraid it is too much weight for the tree to bear. Would like to trim it down. If Mr. Gil or an employee would like to come and get much of the fern by leaving me a much smaller patch, I would appreciate it.

  2. Mesquite is very strong wood, I doubt that the 100-200 pounds of a really big fern would be a problem. But if you want to trim down your fern, take a photo and make an offer to others that see our Facebook page. It’s not economically feasible for me to harvest, mount, regrow, and retail on a commercial basis. But it is a good opportunity for a fern enthusiast for their home, or to make gifts for their friends.

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