October To Do

OCTOBER Gardening To-Do List

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Zone 3

  • Start fall compost pile
  • Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter
  • Plant winter and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Protect roses for winter
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Zone 4

  • Start fall compost pile
  • Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter
  • Plant winter and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Buy spring-blooming bulbs
  • Plant container and balled-and-burlapped fruit tree
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Plant, feed, and aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant summer and fall-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Protect roses for winter
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped trees
  • Plant trees in containers
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
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Zone 5

  • Start fall compost pile
  • Plant winter and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Buy winter and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees fruit trees
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Plant cool and warm-season lawns
  • Aerate cool-season lawns and loosen thatch
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials after bloom
  • Plant container roses
  • Protect roses for winter
  • Plant container and balled-and-burlapped trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
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