October Gardening Tips from USU Extension

  • Plant pansies for spring color next year.
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs such as tulips and daffodils for a welcome sight next year.
  • Winterize the sprinkler system by draining the lines and blowing out the system, one station at a time.
  • Work on controlling slugs and snails by cleaning up areas they are attracted to, and using bait or sprays.
  • Compost leaves, dead non-diseased garden plants, and other organic matter.
  • Till vacant lots and empty gardens to control over-wintering grasshopper eggs.
  • Divide spring-blooming perennials three to four weeks before the ground freezes if they haven’t been divided in four or five years,.
  • Wrap the trunks of young trees with white tree wrap to protect them from winter sun exposure from the south and west.
  • Lower the height of the mower to cut the lawn between 1 ½ to 2 inches high to prevent winter damage.
  • Apply a quick-release nitrogen fertilizer after the last mowing (October to early November) to help the lawn green up early next spring.
  • Cut roses back to about four feet tall to prevent heavy snow load damage.
  • Protect roses by mulching the base 4-6 inches high around the graft union.
  • Plant green cover crops to boost your soil next year.
  • Divide and transplant spring and summer blooming perennials.
  • Harvest winter squash before it freezes.
  • Plant fall bulbs and perennials for a colorful spring.
  • Deep water all evergreen trees and shrubs.
  • Wrap young trees for winter.
  • Clean up perennial flowers.
  • Add compost and till garden plot.


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