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Garden checklist for Oct. 16

Garden checklist for Oct. 16

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The weather profile remains dry  and drought conditions may continue through the fall.

Tasks:

   • Monitor rainfall and adjust water accordingly to keep soil moist for new plantings.

   • Put organic mulch around permanent plants to conserve water and prevent weeds.

   • Trees need to be deeply watered as they enter dormancy.

Pruning: 

   • Prune shrubs and trees to shape. Pruning junipers during cool weather prevents sunburn.

   • Deadhead and shape rose bushes to promote final fall bloom.

Fertilizing: 

   • Feed cool-season lawns with time-release granular fertilizer.

   • Fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to promote fall growth.

Planting: 

   • Continue staggered planting of cool-weather vegetables such as chard and spinach.

   • Perennials: agave, dianthus.

   • Bulbs, corms, tubers: brodiaea, crocus, freesia.

   • Fruits and vegetables: onions, parsley, radish.

   • Annuals: larkspur  (Consolida), flowering kale, Primrose (Primula).

   • Trees, shrubs, vines: Goldenchain tree (Laburnum) , pomegranate (Punica).

Enjoy now:

    • Annuals and perennials: dianthus, alyssum (Lobularia).

   • Fruits and vegetables: artichokes, cauliflower, figs, grapes, kale, limes.

   • Trees, shrubs, vines: crape myrtle, bayberry (Berberis), beautyberry (Callicarpa).

   • Fall color: maidenhair (Ginkgo biloba), goldenrain tree (Koelreuteria).

Things to ponder: 

   • Store unused fertilizers and pesticides in a dry, warm place. Pesticides should be stored in a separate, locked cabinet or container.

Drought tip: 

  • Postpone unnecessary fall planting until rainfall replenishes soil moisture and supplement all watering is no longer needed.

Source: Adapted from “A Gardener’s Companion for the Central San Joaquin Valley,” 3rd edition, currently available from Fresno County Master Gardeners for $30. Gardening Questions answered at (559) 241-7534. Prepared by Judy Parker, Fresno County Master Gardener.

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