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Gardening Tips for the Southwest Region for October

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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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