Ask the Expert: October Gardening

These cooler night time temps allow for a great start to the day if your out and about in the mornings! It’s a very exiting time of year to be in the business as everyone is getting “Fall Fever” Patio business is in FULL SWING & Landscape Teams have plenty to do!

October is one of the most critical months when it comes to the exterior and landscape maintenance around your home. Here are a few things to contract out or add to your “To-do” list over the next few weeks:

EXTERIOR:

  • Ensure windows and doors are properly sealed. Restricting unwanted airflow will keep things comfortable inside and help reduce any unwanted guests.
  • All exposed wood surfaces are painted or sealed to ensure as the cold weather and rain moves in and out, things are protected and less effected by weather.
  • Check out your roof to make sure no shingles have come off during our last round of summer storms and that the gutters are clean and free of debris.

LANDSCAPES:

-Cutback and prune this year’s growth. This will not only help to keep your beds organized but also promote new growth come spring.

-Remove, cultivate, fertilize and add new 2” layer of mulch. We lean towards a shredded mulch vs. bark or large cut. It will hold the best, not float, and as it breaks down to offer a great weed / moisture barrier (ensure the mulch is kept below the brick line so you don’t chance having rainwater get in the weep holes during a rain event).

  • Oct. thru Dec. is a great time to plant larger shrubs and trees. Allowing them to start rooting
    over the winter months will make
    the heat of summer a lot less hazardous to their health.
  • Go ahead as things cool off and cut back on the irrigation. Watering
    a couple of times a week and ensuring your rain sensor is operating effectively should be sufficient and help your monthly spending.

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