October Gardening

Perennials

Tall and woody perennials can be cut back to 4" to 6" when they are done blooming, but this is not necessary- especially if you enjoy the look of the dry foliage and seed pods for your winter landscape.Birds will enjoy the seed pods of Sedum, Coreopsis, and other perennials into the winter months. Perennials will benefit from mulching in the mid-to-late October. Mulch 1 to 2 inches thicks will help keep roots at a constant temperature to avoid winter heaving. 

Bulbs

October is the best tie to plant bulbs such as Daffodils, Crocus, Alliums, and others.

Water Gardening

Cover garden ponds with nets to keeps leaves and debris for building up and altering the chemical balance as they decay. Tender aquatic plants such as Canas and Calla Lillies can be cut back after they are hit by the frost. Let their pots dry out and store plants in a garage or cellar.