October Tips

In News and Tips, Tips by Charlie Cole

• Mulch in spring-planted trees and shrubs. Don’t permit them to get too dry; water them throughly and deeply

• Start amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus for holiday blooms. (Allow 5-6 weeks for paperwhites and 12 weeks for amaryllis).

• Apply fall lawn fertilizer at this time

• Apply lime to lawns to raise pH. A 50# bag of lime will raise lawn pH about .5 point per 1000 sq ft.

• Re-seed areas damaged by grubs with insect resistant seed varieties

• Fall is a great time to start a compost pile. Start out with brown leaf and add the last few trimmings for nitrogen. Remember to alternate layers. Shred brown leaf to speed decomposition

• Apply an anti-dessicant, such as Wilt-Pruf, to spring or fall planted broadleaf evergreens and specimen conifers. Make sure temperatures are above 50 degrees. Newly planted Arborvitaes could be wrapped in burlap to protect from snow load.