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October ‘To Do’ List

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  • Replace spent annuals with winter pansies, winter kale and/or grasses.
  • Prepare soil for autumn planting.
  • Plant spring bulbs.
  • Dig and store tender bulbs like Dahlias and Cannas.
  • Rake and remove fallen leaves.
  • Cut back spent perennials/biennials.
  • Stop pruning roses.
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs and perennials one last time as this will produce stronger plants.
  • Plant peonies, poppies, irises.
  • Add winter mulch.
  • Divide and transplant perennials and ground covers. Pot some for the May plant sale.
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines.
  • Transplant roses.
  • Plant bare-root roses.

(Thanks to Bob Tuckey from The Natural Gardener)