October Garden Tips

Plant new trees and shrubs early in the month so they have time to develop a good root system.

Divide perennials that bloom in the spring and summer.
Now is a good time to divide peonies, phlox, daylilies, and iris.

Cut flowers, such as strawflower, statice, and celosia, for drying.
Hang upside down in a dry, well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.

Bring houseplants indoors before night temperatures drop below 55°F.
Check for insects.

If the weather is dry, water plants deeply.
Evergreens will especially need moisture in the soil for the winter months ahead.

Deadhead perennials.
Remove and discard dead and diseased foliage to reduce infection next year.

Spring flowering bulbs can be planted from September until mid-November.

Leave the last rose blossoms of summer on plants to encourage dormancy.

Birds are beginning to migrate south.
Restock bird feeders and put out fresh water to help them on their long journey.