Ohhhh! The cooler temps of October are starting to arrive. As I write this article for the month of October, our high today is only to be about 90 degrees. Such a welcome relief from the very warm temps during September. The long awaited rain was a welcome sight during th later half of September as well. Now that the weather is givng us a break, there's so much we can get started on during this cooler month.
After the recent rain, our lawns are starting to look a bit more perkier. During this month you will apply your final round of fertilzer. The best time to fertilize will be when you notice your grass has slowed down in its growth cycle. If you can go 2 weeks without mowing, its time to fertilize. Here in East Texas, that falls around Mid-October. By fertilizing in the fall, you will help your lawns' winter hardiness, prolong fall color and you will help promote an earlier spring green-up.
Our EasyGro Premium Winterizer is an 18-6-12 ratio and contains sulfur & iron. It aids in a stronger root development and helps prevent winter kill. Each bag covers 7,200 sq. ft.
If you like to have a nice green lawn during the winter months, then you should over seed with Ryegrass. You'll need about 5-10lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. It is recommended to water every day for approx. 7-10 days as that is the length of time it takes the seeds to germinate. Your ryegrass will fill in in about 4-5 weeks after it comes up.
As cool fronts begin to make their way through our state this month, your garden will appreciate the relief from the heat of September. Your tomato plants will start to look a bit better, especially with the recent rains. Most of the warm season vegetables will finish up in Nov. & Dec. Veggies like okra, snap beans,cucumbers, tomatoes and your peppers.
Fall is the perfect time to plant hardy perennial herbs in the garden. Remember it only takes a few herb plants to make quite a bit, so try not to over do it.
October is typically dry, so make sure to keep gardens well watered.
By making good use of your garden space, you can produce quite a bit of veggies. By using plants that need space, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, you can easily plant radishes and lettuce in between them at the same time. The lettuce and radish will mature faster and be ready for harvest just when the other plants are ready to take up that space.
Its time to clean out your current worn-out flowers and get started planting your late winter and early spring bulbs. Our days are pleasantly cool this time of year which makes working outside quite a bit more fun. Especially when you know you are planning for spring color! Tulips, crocus and daffodils make perfect choices.
Make sure to use a long handle rake to remove all debris and dead foliage from in and around your shrubs as this creates perfect homes for insects of all types.
A 4-6 inch mulch is an excellent insulation on
semi-hardy plants and shallow-rooted plants such as azaleas.
Gulf Annual Ryegrass
Vegetables to plant during October include-
If you decide not to plant anything during the cool-season months, then your garden will benefit from a planting of a 'green manure' crop. A 'green manure' crop is seeded in, allowed to grow for a few months and then turned under in the spring, right as they begin to bloom. This provides a healthy dose of organic matter for your soil. Good choices are vetch, crimson clover, elbon rye and oats.
The cool days of October are ideal days for good houseplant growth and development. It, too, is a good time to groom and to prepare the plants for bringing into protected areas for winter. Repot overgrown plants and prune back leggy or overgrown houseplants to induce compaction of growth. Remove
damaged foliage. Bring plants back indoors prior to winter heat in the home, to allow for adaptability to new location.