For Fresh Color
Seasonal classics like mums, winter pansies, and ornamental cabbage and kale provide a fresh pop of color to your fall/winter container plantings. Stop in soon to see our wide selection!
Bulbs should be arriving at our garden centers the first or second week of September and can be planted as late as Thanksgiving, but October is the best month for planting. Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, and crocus will reward you with early spring color! Be sure to use G&B Soil Building Conditioner and bone meal or bulb food at planting time.
For the Lawn & Landscape
Start a new lawn or overseed patchy ones now through mid-October. It’s also prime time to aerate and repair existing lawns. Seed a new lawn with 7-10 pounds of seed per 1000 square feet; use half this amount if overseeding. Use G&B Organic Lawn Fertilizer, lime, G&B Soil Building Conditioner, and grass seed (sun, shade or sun/shade blend).
Divide and conquer: Dig up and split large patches of iris, peonies, daylilies, and other spring blooming perennials. Use a sharp spade or cultivation fork to dig and a pruning saw or Hori Hori knife to divide the clump. Replant with Malibu Compost and G&B Starter Fertilizer.
As the weather cools and regular rains return, plant or transplant trees, shrubs, and perennials for a jump-start on spring. Always use G&B Starter Fertilizer when planting or transplanting, and water in with Root Master B-1 or Malibu Bu’s Brew Compost Tea to help quickly establish a healthy root system and boost the microbe levels in the soil.
For the Edible Garden
It’s harvest time! Pick winter squash when the spot touching the ground changes from white to a cream or gold color. Dig potatoes, onions, and garlic when the tops die down; store in a cool, dark location. Apply mulch to carrots, parsnips, and beets for winter harvesting; use G&B Soil Building Conditioner.
Continue to plant cover crops in the vegetable garden as space opens up. Cover crops compete with weeds and improve the soil while they are growing as well as add nutrition when they are turned under in the early spring.
Edibles to plant this month include garlic (bulbs), radishes, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, and mustard greens.
In the Garden Shed
Apply beneficial nematodes to rhododendrons and azaleas suffering from root weevil damage; if unsure, bring a leaf sample to the garden center for diagnosis.
Pro-active pest control can greatly improve your garden’s productivity. Control slugs now to reduce your garden’s breeding population. Use bait traps or non-toxic Sluggo, Sluggo Plus, or SlugMagic.
Clean foliage of houseplants, check for insects, spray, repot, and fertilize if necessary; then bring them indoors if they have been outside. This is the last “active” growing month for indoor plants before they begin to go dormant for winter and the last chance for repotting, etc. for the year.
Take cuttings from maturing outdoor herbs to grow indoors during winter (also works with Coleus). Try cutting several 2 to 4-inch long stems from rosemary, basil, thyme, and sage, and place in water for a few weeks indoors while new roots grow. Once small root mass has formed, gently transplant into container with G&B Potting Soil. Supplement with artificial grow lights if plants begin to yellow or do poorly.