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October Garden To-Do List

Lee ArmilleiField Notes

We’re officially into fall and our gardens are gradually going to sleep– but they won’t go quietly! Watch over the next couple of weeks for amazing bursts of lemon yellow, shimmery gold, bright orange, and crimson red.

  • Protect sensitive plants from frost when the forecast calls for it. First frost advisory for our area is October 15th.
  • Assess your fall perennials for wildlife value or interest.
  • Cut back perennials like hostas, daylilies, that turn mushy in cold weather. Chop them up and add them to your beds as an extra layer of mulch!
  • Leave some plants standing for birds and insects. Plants like Black-eyed Susans, Purple Coneflower, or native grasses provide edible seeds for birds and insects can overwinter within the hollow stems.
  • Shred fallen leaves and put them back into your beds as mulch.
  • Shop and plant bulbs between now and Thanksgiving. You’ll thank yourself next spring!
  • Take a hike to enjoy these beautiful cool days, get some exercise, & explore your local parks, land trusts, and arboretums.