Is it still time to plant spring blooming bulbs?

Is there a way to prevent squirrels from digging up my recently planted spring bulbs?

Whether you are considering putting your house on the market or just want to create an oasis, what you do in your yard today will greatly affect what your yard looks like come spring. Make sure your garden and landscape are all set for next spring by following the gardening tips below.

October Gardening Tips

Fall Cleaning - One of the best ways to create that oasis come spring is to make sure to clean up this fall. Here are a few ways to do just that:

  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends picking up all leaves on your lawn to prevent lawn problems later on.
  • Use the leaves that you picked up to create mulch for your plants. Simply shred the leaves and add a little compost to it. Your flower beds and plants will thank you in spring.
  • Before putting on any mulch, make sure you have removed all dead or diseased flowers and plants. This will help to decrease diseases by spring time.
  • Clean under all fruit trees. Do not just leave the fallen fruit out as this is another way to reduce disease in the spring.
  • Clean empty flower pots and store them in a place where they won’t break.
  • Begin the process of cleaning and storing gardening tools. It will be wonderful to have them all ready to go and waiting for you when spring comes around.

Planting - Here is a list of what you can still plant this month.

  • Gardening in the Mitten reports that you can plant garlic to harvest next summer.
  • Plant more cool-season crops like spinach, radishes, and carrots.
  • Beautiful fall flowers to plant in October include ornamental kale, mums, pansies and asters.
  • If you haven’t yet planted your spring blooming bulbs, make sure to do that this month. Spring blooming bulbs to plant include tulips, daffodils, and snowdrops.
  • Quick tip provided by Organic Gardening, if your neighborhood has a lot of squirrels, you can cover your planted spring bulbs with chicken wire until the ground freezes to prevent the squirrels from digging up the bulbs.

More Gardening Tips - Here are even more gardening tips.

  • Don’t leave flowers like dahlias, gladioli and any other tender plants out too much longer because they will be killed by the frost. Instead, dig them up and store them during winter.
  • This is a great time to fix any garden structures that need fixing or to paint anything that needs painting.
  • If you haven’t yet divided your perennials, make sure to do that now.
  • Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. If you are looking to add any new foliage to your yard, this is the month to do it.
  • This month you will find yourself harvesting sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash. Harvest before the frost for the best taste.
  • Also harvest your Brussels sprouts when they are ready to eat. Make sure not to harvest too soon because the cold weather will only add to the taste.

Summary

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac the frost date for Novi, Michigan is October 7th and for Northville, Michigan it’s October 20th. Keep those dates in mind as you are working your way through your October gardening check-list.