October

  • October
  • Fall is a great time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs.
  • Proper planting is an
  • important step in establishing healthy plants.
  • Limit fall pruning to removal of dead, diseased or broken limbs only –
  • fall is not the time
  • of the year for heavy pruning.
  • Shredded hardwood tree leaves make a good mulch material. Shredding the leaves
  • increases the rate of decomposition and helps prevent the leaves from matting, which
  • prevents air and water flow when wet. You can rake the leaves into a pile and cut them
  • up with a lawn mower if you do not have a shredder.
  • To minimize blackspot
  • and other foliage diseases, collect, remove and destroy any fallen
  • leaves or debris around rose bushes. These diseases overwinter in decaying leaves.
  • Shrubs in our area that are in bloom or have interesting fruit, bark or foliage during this
  • month include:
  • Pyracantha coccinea
  • Scarlet Firethorn
  • Callicarpa
  • Beautyberry
  • Ilex
  • Holly