Gardening Tips for October for Redwood City, CA

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Southwest Region

  • Buy your late winter and early spring bulbs.
  • Divide and replant spring-blooming perennials such as daylilies, phlox, coneflowers, and daisies.
  • Plant winter-hardy trees and shrubs. Plants set out now have more time to become established before spring growth.
  • Harvest sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and winter squash.
  • Remove all debris and dead plants to prevent overwintering of certain garden pests.
  • Prepare garden beds for more fall planting; remember to mix in plenty of organic matter.
  • Plant vegetable seeds such as: beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onion, parsnips, radishes, spinach, and turnips.
  • Plant transplants such as: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, garlic, and lettuce.
  • Begin planting spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocus, and daffodils.
  • Bring in all houseplants; check for pests before bringing them in for the winter.
  • Continue to replant or establish cool-season lawns.
  • For Bermuda lawns, apply 1 inch of water per week and a light application of potassium.
  • Overseed established Bermuda lawns from midmonth through November for a greener winter lawn.
  • Resume full fertilizing of roses as weather cools.
  • Cut back watering for your plants as the days shorten and become cooler.
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