As the fall season is in full swing, October brings with it a number of garden chores. If you’re an avid gardener or simply want to spruce up your yard, now is the time to get to work!
First, if you haven’t done so already, this is the ideal time to rake and mulch any fallen leaves in your garden. Mulching your garden beds helps prevent soil erosion during the winter months and allows beneficial bacteria and organisms to live and thrive in the soil. It also helps maintain a higher moisture content in the soil, reducing how much watering your plants may need over time.
October is also a great time for planting trees and shrubs before they enter dormancy. To ensure successful growth in these cooler months, add a layer of organic compost on top of your garden beds for an extra nutrient boost that will help your new plants stay healthy. It is also a great time to plant your onions, garlic and flower bulbs.
Don’t forget about lawn care as well – reseed any bald patches with grass seed now so it can establish roots over winter. After reseeding, keep it moist but not too wet by watering regularly; a slow drip from the hose works well! Be sure to remove all debris from around any trees and hedges in your garden as well; debris such as sticks or rocks can damage tree roots when left unchecked.
Finally, take this time to sharpen tools like shears or pruners if necessary so you’ll be ready for some pruning come springtime. Store tools out of direct sunlight and moisture when not in use so they last longer and are always ready when needed.
If you take care of these tasks now, you can rest assured that your garden will be ready to bloom come spring! Happy gardening!