Garden chores of the month: October

The end of October is the finish line for the gardening season.  This is the time to rake leaves, shut down the irrigation, and rake the planting beds.  Here’s a few checklist items to help you through this process.

  • Follow temporary draining instructions for sprinkler system (page 9), as temperatures dictate.
  • Clean off tops of dried perennials.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Adjust staking of new trees.
  • Dead head annuals and perennials.
  • Rake leaves (if not cleaned up, fallen leaves can be harmful to sod and often can harbor insects and diseases harmful to plants).
  • Reduce watering times on sprinkler zones.

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