October Gardening To Do’s

October Gardening Checklist:


  • Add compost/manure or mulch to your garden
  • Divide and transplant large perennials
  • After leaves have fallen, you can transplant deciduous trees and shrubs
  • Lift summer bulbs like Canna’s and Dahlias before frost nips them
  • Clean out bird feeders and stock them up with fresh seed.
  • Protect trees and shrubs from mice or rabbit damage
  • Earlier in the month, it is still a good time to treat your lawn for grubs ( see tips below)by applying nematodes.
  • If you have a lot of weeds in your lawn you can apply corn gluten this Fall and again in the Spring to inhibit the weed seeds from germinating
  • Fall/ Winter lawn fertilizer can be applied now, consider organic options instead of the traditional synthetic options.
  • Keep Lawns clean of too many full leaves; shred and spread them in your garden and even in your lawn. Once shredded they will break down quickly.

( use this Shredding Tip from my radio show co-host Matthew Dressing “ Put your leaves in a Rubbermaid or garbage can and use your lawn trimmer to shred the leaves inside the container and then distribute the shredded leaves throughout the yard. )

  • Purchase Spring bulbs for planting soon but plant them later in October; cooler temps, more water and less chance the squirrels will dig them up.
  • And lastly, get your snow blower serviced. If we all do this it will be guaranteed to NOT snow anytime soon.

3 Responses to October Gardening To Do’s

    Elisabeth Stadnik

    This is very helpful. Would you have a recommendation for preventing deer from eating white pines on the property?

      Joanne Shaw

      Hi there,
      Have you tried something as simple as tying aluminum pie plates from the tree? I have heard that the noise and reflections from blowing in the wind can discourage them.

    Best Pro Lighting

    Would love to read and discuss more about this topic, great content!
    LED Lights Garden

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