When people typically think of fall and gardening, they usually think of the season as time to pack up the tools, preform some maintenance and cleanup, and get the yard prepared for winter. However, providing professional landscaping and gardening services, Oliver’s Landscaping knows that fall, particularly October, can be a wonderful time for planting if you know which will thrive in the cooler weather. In this blog, we cover which plants and veggies are great to plant this October before winter rolls around.
What you can plant in October:
Turfgrass, bulbs that would bloom during spring, trees, perennials, and shrubs can be effectively planted in the months preceding winter. The fall has special benefits for plants: the weather and temperatures are easier on the plants and the soil is warm, allowing roots to grow deeper and quicker until the weather freezes over in the winter. A decrease of direct sunlight in contrast to summer also causes less stress for plants.
Some annual flowers only grow during winter and early spring, and need to be planted during the fall months. The rains and moisture during fall can help to nourish these plants.
Cool season plants that grow in beds are English daisy, Canterbury Bell, Sweet Alyssum, African daisy, Larkspur, and Calendula, among others. These produce spectacular blooms during the spring. It is also the best time to plant bulbs that flower during spring. These can be sown from seeds or young plants that you can find in a nursery.
Hanging and window baskets can now be planted with primroses, pansies, instead of summer bedding flowers.
Daffodils, tulips, and snowdrops are bulbs that would make a beautiful display during the spring when planted along borders. They are among the easiest plants to grow. Delicate spring flowering and hardy summer flowing bulbs can be planted during October. Whereas crocus, daffodils and hyacinths can be planted in late September, tulips can be planted in October.
Hardy bulbs such as tulips and daffodils need to be planted where it is warm sunny, and at places where the soil is well drained.
The early fall, such as early October, is the best time for seeding lawns. Though April may also be a good choice, seeding in the late spring months may cause the summer heat to slow down the growth of cool season grasses.
During fall, conditions are favorable for both germination as well as growth. They get enough time to establish themselves before winter. Moreover, there are fewer weeds during this season that would compete along with the grass for the food and water. A lawn takes a full season to become durable and withstand considerable traffic.
The month of October and early fall is also a good time to patch up holes, thin spots or patches in existing lawns either by seeding or placing squares of sod. Consult landscaping and gardening services on how to execute this properly.
Gorgeous blueberries grow best during the cooler weather. They have bright autumn foliage and attractive flowers. They are beautiful to look at, loaded with antioxidants, and have a wonderful taste.
They need to be planted in well-drained sandy soils. When blueberry plants are planted during fall, the roots continue to grow until temperatures typically drop below 45 degrees. Blueberry plants have a shallow root system. This works well for most climate zones.
Whereas some vegetables grow best during fall or the early winter months, there are others that only grow during the fall or early spring months. They are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, turnip, leek, garlic, radish, spinach, etc., among others. Whereas plans such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are planted in the soil as small plants, some others can be grown from seeds. The small plants are planted deeper so that they can stand up straight during their growth. These vegetables should be planted such that they are given enough time to mature before the frost dates.
Garlic is an easy plant to grow in the fall. They grow well in light soils, and the garlic is harvested in the early months of the spring. Elephant garlic that has cloves as large as 4 inches across are milder in taste and grow well if planted during the fall.
October can is a great time to get in some last-of-the-season planting. To learn more about fall gardening and planting, consult landscaping and gardening services. Being gardening enthusiasts ourselves, Oliver’s Landscaping is happy to give advice and answer questions about planting in October, and can also advise of any maintenance landscaping and gardening services that should be completed before winter sets in.