Tip of the Week
A Few Tips for the October Garden
- Begin planting spring blooming bulbs in October after the first frost when the soil temps begin to decrease. Warmer climates may have to wait until November.
- Buy good quality bulbs! If possible buy bulbs that you can hand-pick and choose the largest bulbs you can - these will perform the best. Only buy bagged bulbs when they are packaged so you can actually see the bulbs inside and can see what you are getting.
- Mix a heaping teaspoon of Espoma Bulb-tone with the soil in the bottom of each planting hole before dropping in the bulb.
- Get the most out of your holes! Plant large bulbs 8-10” deep, cover them with a few inches of soil, then set in medium-sized bulbs, add a few more inches of soil, and plant small bulbs on top!!
- When planting groups of bulbs, prepare planting beds rather than digging individual holes.
- For a naturalized look, toss bulbs out by the handful and plant them where they land!
- Fertilize new and established planting beds with Espoma Bulb-tone at the rate of 5-10 pounds per 100 square feet.
One of the most important tasks before winter is a deep watering of all new and established perennial beds before the soil freezes.
Trees & Shrubs
When the trees start to change color in the fall is a good time to dig and transplant shrubs.