October: Landscaping Tips & Tricks
What to Plant…
- Annuals/Bedding plants: The fall garden is the perfect place for planting petunia and shasta daisy.
- Bulbs: Daffodils have a variety of fragrances for north Florida including ‘Carlton’, ‘Fortune’, ‘Silver Chimes’, ‘Thalia’ and ‘Sweetness’.
- Herbs: Dill, fennel, oregano, and sage are great to try from either seeds or plants
- Vegetables: Salad crops including lettuce, arugula, spinach and other cool-season crops are great for September as well as bulbing onions.
What to Do…
- Lawns: The goal is controlling winter weeds before they appear in lawns. For preemergent herbicides to be effective they must be applied at the right time. It is best to apply whenever nighttime temperatures are around 55°F–60°F for 4–5 days. Try to avoid “weed and feed” products. To get the best results, we recommend that you hire a professional lawn pest control company.
- Lawn disease: Fungal diseases can cause an area of grass to turn brown, watch for brown patches or large patches. Fungal diseases become active when soil temperatures reach 65°F to 75°F and go dormant whenever the weather warms up in May. Soil temperature is measured 2–4 in. deep. To get the best results, we recommend that you hire a professional lawn pest control company.
- Winter landscapes: Planting evergreen hollies can add color to the landscape. Hollies have bright berries during the winter when the other plants have already died back.
- Strawberries: This is the latest month you should start setting plants in the garden or in containers. Remember to water every day until the plants are well established.