The cooler temperatures and rain is one of the reasons why there is no better time than right now to update your garden landscape. Your garden can look its very best this fall and next Spring with a few timely garden chores. Best of all, all of the nurseries are restocking their inventories with wonderful fresh plants from California and Oregon, and the greenhouses are stocked with fresh and fragrant pansies and the offers from bulb companies abound. 

Good gardeners understand that timing is everything with gardening – and this month is the critical month to nail timing! Beautiful lawns of lush rye and fescue, planters filled with colorful pansies, tulips and daffodils in all their glory and trees filled with spring flowers – plan for all of this now – and get planting if you haven’t already done so.

Top Things to do in October

• Enjoy the best weather of the year. 

• Purchase fresh pinon wood and fire up your outdoor fireplace, fire pit or chimenea – nothing smells better in the Fall. 

• If you want dark green grass during the fall, early winter and early spring – and have a Bermuda grass lawn, scalp and over seed with a blend of rye and fescue this month for best results. 

• Before you remove your summer annuals – walk through your gardens and assess the winners and losers – make a mental note, take a picture, or jot this down in your garden journal. 

• Add soil conditioning mulches to your flower beds before planting fresh pansies. 

• Do think about color combinations with your pansies…and the color of your tulips. Making the right color combinations and pairings will make a huge impact next Spring. 

• Last call for bulb orders and plant as they arrive. Remember the “early, middle, late” mantra when ordering. And think sweeping drifts, not tulips planted in one-by-one – this is one of those things where more is definitely better. 

• Pay special attention to areas to cleanup around peonies, roses and other flowers that are prone to fungal diseases; don’t leave any debris in place. 

• Don’t completely deadhead faded perennials, biennials and annuals if you want to collect seed (non-hybrids only) or wish to let them self-sow for next year’s show. Nicotiana, poppies, larkspur, and many others fall into this leave-alone group; some plants must be left in place or seeds shaken around during cleanup to insure the next generation. Plants with showy or bird-friendly seed heads, like coneflowers, also get a stay of execution. Sow seeds of poppies, larkspur and cosmos – this will add a cutting garden dimension to your garden next year. 

• Continue to enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.

Dress your house with Fall décor.

Love this tone-on-tone color scheme.

Love white pumpkins! 

Check out my other Autumnal pins on my Pinterest Boards. 

Happy Halloween! 

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My Karen Adams calendar has a cute witch’s hat on this month…but I’m only thinking about gardens and the transition from summer to fall. So many people think that Spring is when you plant landscape plants and plan gardens…but there is no better time than right now. Your garden has no chance to be fabulous next Spring unless you implement some key elements that will contribute to that wow – Easter parade yard next March and April. The best part of all, is that now the nurseries restock with wonderful fresh plants from California and Oregon, the greenhouses are stocked with fresh and fragrant pansies and the offers from bulb companies abound.

I tell my garden friends and clients that timing is everything with gardening – and this month is the critical month to nail timing! Beautiful lawns of lush rye and fescue, planters filled with colorful pansies, tulips and daffodils in all their glory and trees filled with spring flowers – plan for all of this now – that’s right October.

The photo on the top is from my backyard one week after the Bermuda was scalped and over seeded with a hardy blend of rye and fescue


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This photo is a week and half after over seeding – notice the peat moss? It is the most incredible product to use when over seeding it is wonderful for leveling and filling in dry patches or other areas after you have over seeded. It has an inherent ability to stay moist which is what you want for your seed. Once you over seed your lawn it must not dry out….couple of weeks later and you are ready to have it mowed! This is my secret weapon for doggy spots. . . just keep a container of peat moss and grass seed if it stays moist you will have new grass in one week.


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Not quite two weeks after over seeding – and next Spring it will look even more lush and green!

Remember I said I would post pictures of my English roses if they bloomed again this fall…well here they are….Look at these David Austin “Abraham Darby”….not quite the Spring flush – but beautiful new fresh and fragrant blossoms – I love the cool autumn weather.


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And my favorite companion plant to every rose – clematis vines! This is good old fashioned “Jackmanii” – in all his purple glory! It looked just like this last May – now with the cool October weather it comes back to life in a wonderful and surprising way.

Top Things to do in October

  • Enjoy the best weather of the year.
  • Fire up your outdoor fireplace, pit or chimenea – throw on some fresh pinon for good measure.
  • If you want green grass during the fall, early winter and early spring – and have a Bermuda grass lawn, scalp and over seed with a blend of rye and fescue this month for best results.
  • Before you remove your summer annuals – walk through your gardens and assess the winners and losers – make a mental note, take a picture, or jot this down in your garden journal.
  • Continue to enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies - your garden should be a swarming with them.
  • Don’t forget to get your tulip order placed – they go in next month.
  • Begin summer annual clean-up and removal – best to get pansies in by the end of the month.

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Absolute best in show this month the fabulous gingko tree!

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