October

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  • We have loads of ornamental squashes and pumpkins to decorate for fall!
  • Treat hydrangeas with Espoma Organic Soil Acidifier or E.B. Stone Naturals True Blue in order to keep blue Hydrangeas blue. Treat with Agricultural Lime to turn hydrangeas pink.
  • Think fall & winter color: Violas and pansies are perfect for creating mass color in containers or flowerbeds. Available in a variety of hues, they’re a terrific top cover for spring bulbs.
  • For a hardy alternative, consider planting ornamental grasses. Grasses require little upkeep and can create a beautiful screening effect against the house or fence.
  • Fall is for planting! Get shrubs, perennials and trees into the ground this month. Winter rains will help develop a strong root system.
  • Plant cyclamen in October or early November. It’s also a great time to plant ground covers and sweet peas.
  • This is the perfect time for planting natives.
  • Decorate for fall: We have ornamental kale, mums, Iceland poppies, snapdragons, stock and ornamental grasses for waves of autumnal color.
  • Time to plant daffodils for spring flowering. Think about forcing Amaryllis and paper white Narcissus for the coming holidays.
  • Plant garlic & shallots for harvesting the following summer.
  • Top-dress perennial beds, azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons , and other spring blooming shrubs with Sloat Forest Mulch Plus and feed with EB Stone Organics Ultra Bloom fertilizer (0-10-10) monthly until bloom . 0-10-10 improves flower bud quality, promotes cold hardiness and disease resistance and improves root structure.
  • Feed citrus with Maxsea Acid Formula. Supplement with EB Stone F.S.T to keep them green all winter.
  • Prepare planting beds for winter. Clear weeds and rocks. Till soil and add soil amendments such as Sloat Loam Builder for vegetables or Sloat Forest Mulch Plus for perennials and shrubs.
  • Divide the roots and rhizomes of perennials such as agapanthus, yarrow and iris.
  • Lightly prune Japanese maples while still in leaf. Select and plant maples (now is the time to see fall color).
  • It’s time to fill your bird feeders for winter. Try a suet feeder!
  • Continue to compost fallen leaves and plant debris.
  • Check out the seminar listings on our website for fall and winter seminars.
  • Adopt a houseplant to relieve your stress and elevate the mood indoors.

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