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October Seasonal Landscaping Tips

Seasonal Displays

  1. Use your garden debris and leaves to start a new compost pile. You should turn your old compost pile and add to soil that needs nourishing.
  2. Plant cool season annuals like mums and asters. If the evenings get too cold, cover your plants to avoid frost and lengthen their blooming.
  3. When cleaning your garden, dry and save seeds. You can plant them again.
  4. If you are planting vegetables, make sure to check frost dates, so you can protect your veggies.
  5. Avoid planting too near a tree, which will steal nutrients and shade the garden. A garden too close to the house will help to discourage wild animals from nibbling away your potential harvest.
  6. Make sure to have enough sun exposure to your plants. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of full sun every day.
  7. Fall vegetables include asparagus, beets, leeks, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, onions, cabbage, carrots, parsnip, cauliflower, peppers (short season varieties), celery, peas, cucumber, radishes, green beans, spinach, gourds, herbs, tomatoes (short season varieties), turnips, and kale.
  8. Fall flowers include alyssum, begonia, calendula, chrysanthemum, dianthus, dusty miller, pansy, petunia, and geranium.
  9. Decorate for Halloween with a pumpkin planter. Use various sizes and colored pumpkins and pile them in a planter on your front steps.
  10. Try a fun activity like decorating your larger pumpkins. Trace a maple leaf onto the pumpkin, then use a linoleum cutter or potter’s ribbon tool to scrape out the design of the leaf. Be careful not to cut completely through to keep your design fresh.
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