Top 6 Gardening Must-Dos For October

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Welcome to another beautiful Fall in South Texas! Fall is OUR ABSOLUTE BEST TIME for planting veggies, trees, and just about everything else! Warm days and cool evenings make spending time outdoors lots of fun too. 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 Fall Flowers

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. Remember – veggies are heavy feeders. We recommend feeding with organic Plant Tone on the 1st of each month, and again with liquid Hasta Gro on the 15th

Watch:  Coastal Bend Veggie Gardening Guide

3. Feed Your Lawn + Prevent Weeds

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 next 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. Plant for Hummingbirds and Migratory Birds

Right now is a great time to plant all kinds of blooming plants that hummingbirds and other migratory birds need. Some of our favs for South Texas are Flame Acanthus (aka hummingbird bush), Salvias (like native Salvia greggii and Salvia leucantha), Cape Honeysuckle, native Turk’s Cap, native Beautyberry, Loquat, Firecracker plant, Coral bean – the list goes on! 

6. Create Your Fall Look

Think classic Fall color like crotons, marigolds, and a few well-placed pumpkins. Ornamental grasses are in bloom this month and make a big impact. Mulch beds with pine straw and use the bales for décor too!

5 Comments on “Top 6 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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