It seems somehow we bypassed September altogether. I just looked up and realized: it's October time! What October time means to me, is being mindful of the tasks that are best suited for this time of year. As difficult as it may be to completely turn loose of summer plantings, the time has arrived to begin the transition towards the cooler seasons.
Probably the most disheartening thing to do in the garden is to remove beautiful plants. It just seems to go against everything you've tried to do all season. You have worked hard to grow these plants into a glorious splendor. But alas, all things come to an end…including summer annuals. If you have any plan at all on making a transition to cool weather flowers, the time for action has arrived.
I fully understand that you can likely get at least another month out of the annuals you have in the ground. It is true you can successfully plant pansies, violas, and other cool weather plants much later in the season. Here is what you sacrifice by delaying: maximum color in the winter and best selection of available plants.
The later you wait to remove summer annuals and plant cool season color the less time they will have to get established before winter. You will get much more color over the entirety of the winter the earlier your plants get in the ground. Additionally, your chances of being able to get the specific colors and mixtures of plants that meet your requirements are excellent now, but decidedly less, later in the season as availability dwindles.
The conditions are also right for over-seeding your lawn. BatesRewards members, like you, get special savings on Proven Turfgrass Technology grass seed as well as organic-based lawn fertilizers. PTT seed is specially priced for $99.99 for 50 pounds; organic-based lawn fertilizer is only $34.99. These prices are good through the month of October…so don't delay!
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