Landscaping done now will be well established next spring and summer.
Start all types of turf this month.
Replant liriope and mondograss to expand their plantings.
Wildflower seeds should be sown. Seeds sprout and plants establish in fall and winter,then bloom in spring.
Plant fall perennials – mums, etc.
Divide spring bulbs early in month and daylilies, iris, Shasta daisies, violets, coneflowers, oxalis, amaryllis and other spring and summer flowering perennials late in month.
- Shape shrubs if needed but save major pruning for late winter.
- Root-prune plants you intend to transplant this winter.
- Remove seedheads and browned foliage from perennials that have finished blooming.
- Spring flowering shrubs and vines benefit from high phosphate fertilizer to promote bud set this fall.
- Apply high-nitrogen fertilizer to turfgrass early in month for warm season types and late in month for cool season grasses.
- Treat for iron deficiency. Chlorotic plants will have yellowed leaves with dark green veins, most evident on the newest growth. Use a product that contains both iron and sulfur.
- Apply pre-emergent herbicides early in month to prevent germination of annual bluegrass, fescue grass, ryegrass, dandelions, henbit, chickweed and clover. Water lightly.
- Apply MSMA to eliminate competing grassy weeds (including St. Augustine) from Bermuda early in month.
- Treat poison ivy and other broad-leafed vines to kill them before they begin to go dormant.
- For new flower and vegetable beds in spring, spray now with glyphosate to kill existing weeds and grasses prior to frost.