October To-do List
~ Continue watering
newly planted trees, shrubs & perennials unless we get an extremely large of amount of early snowpack in November (unlikely). Plants need water into late December when the ground freezes. Watering 2x per week is adequate in late October until late December, again, unless we get a large amount of precipitation.
~ Protect your trees
from rubbing and trunk guard chewing animals with bark guards or caging. Now is the time the deer do the most damage rubbing and chewing your trees! It is super important to fence, cage, trunk guard and protect your young trees from the deer rubbing! After snowfall, rabbits eat your bark and girdle your trees.
~Apply mulches now
-use G & B Soil Building Compost or Harvest Supreme to mulch and protect trees and shrubs from winter damage! Use at least 2" around trees, shrubs & perennials, being careful to not pile mulch on trunk or crown of the plant.
~ Last chance to fertilizer
trees, fruits, shrubs, and perennials so they can store nutrients over the winter to encourage strong roots, abundants spring blooms & deep green foliage! Always use organic when fertilizing in October....no burning or forced growth! We recommend G&B Bud & Bloom Booster for your landscape and G&B Fruit and Vegetable for all your overwintering edibles and herbs.
~ Winterize your lawn
with G&B Organic Lawn Food, specially formulated to release fertilizer for your grass as it needs it.
Now is a great time to re-seed those bare patches also, and then add some Topper to give that extra boost. Older lawns really need a top-coating of Topper at about 1/4" every 2-3 years. It adds organic matter and helps protect & feed the living soil under your lawn.
~ Prune trees and shrubs
AFTER they lose their leaves, heading-back creates bushiness and thinning creates shape....we have a GREAT selection of pruning books, and Fiscars Loppers & Pruners. Our staff is always excited to assist you with any questions you might have
~Plant trees & shrubs now
October is the perfect time to plant! Remember, you are always planting for the next season, and plants will do 80% + of thier rooting over the next 2 months. The soil is very warm, perfect conditions for root growth, and the air temps are cooler....perfect for you, too!
Plus, we have the perfect tree, shrub or perennial for you in stock right now!!