October Gardening Tips for the Pacific Northwest

October Gardening Tips for the Pacific Northwest

Has it already frosted in your area?

Have you started your fall clean up?

Fall is here and it’s time to starting preparing your landscape for winter. Read through the suggested tips before for what to you in your yard this month.

October Gardening Tips

Landscaping Tips

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  • It’s about time for fall clean up. Check out our article on How to Get the Most Out of Your Fall Clean Up.
  • Anything that you’ve planted in the last 12 months, make sure you continue to water this month. Believe it or not but plants often die their first winter because of drought.
  • If are struggling with watering your newly planted additions, install an aeration tube. That way you can simply pour water down the tube during times of drought.
  • Plant trees and shrubs this month. That will allow the roots to grow deep into the ground all winter and come summer the trees and shrubs will have a better chance of survival.
  • TheOld Farmer’s Almanac had a really interesting tip we had to share, they recommend to mow your lawn a little shorter to prevent snow mold.

Fruit and Vegetable Tips

  • Harvest all pumpkins and winter squash before the threat of frost.
  • The Old Farmers Almanac recommends to plant garlic this month because it will overwinter and be ready to harvest next spring. For tips on growing garlic view, How to Plant and Grow Garlic Organically.

Perennial and Annual Tips

  • Clean up your annual flower beds this month by removing all diseased plants.
  • Prior to the ground freezing make sure you cover the soil around roses, azaleas, rhododendrons with a layer of mulch.

General Gardening Tips

  • The best way to fight the frost, if you want your plants to survive according to Better Homes and Gardens is to throw a piece of cardboard, anything besides plastic over your plants. Don’t removed the sheet until the morning when it warms up.


October is a great time to start your gardening cleanup if you live in the Pacific Northwest part of the United States. What is on the top of your gardening to-do list this month?

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