Plant cool-season color, such as pansies, violas, dianthus, alyssum, stock, ornamental cabbage and kale and snapdragons. Refresh your beds first with Vital Earth compost and Fertilome Bedding Plant Food.
Create fall porch displays with potted mums, crotons and pumpkins.
Plant these vegetables in October, says LSU AgCenter: Cabbage, broccoli (transplants), turnips, collards, kale, parsley, shallots, radishes, beets, leaf lettuce, celery, onions, Swiss chard, garlic and carrots. Plant endive, mustard, spinach and Chinese cabbage early in the month.
Begin to plant trees and shrubs as the weather cools down and rain returns to the area.
Get your soil tested in the fall, says LSU AgCenter. Akin’s has the kits available to be completed and mailed to the AgCenter.
Sow seeds of larkspur, sweet pea, poppy and bluebonnet for spring bloom.
Purchase spring bulbs and begin planting daffodils at the end of the month. Tulips and hyacinth bulbs must be refrigerated for six to eight weeks before being planted in November/December.
Dig and divide crowded perennials, such as daylilies, phlox, coreopsis, daisies and irises.
Build a compost bin or set aside an area for a compost pile. You’ll have plenty of fall leaves soon to fill it. Or you could use fallen leaves as mulch.
Continue a spray program on roses to prevent blackspot and powdery mildew. We recommend Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.
Watch for chinch bug damage in lawns. Symptoms are irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by yellowing grass. Treat with Hi-Yield Bug Blaster or Cyonara Lawn and Garden Spray.
Spray trees affected by scale insects with Hi-Yield Systemic Insect Spray.
Irrigate lawns, landscape and garden beds, including newly planted trees and shrubs, in the absence of rain.
Watch the lawn for signs of brown patch, which often shows up during cool, wet weather. If it occurs, treat with Fertilome F-Stop.
Control powdery mildew on ornamentals with Fertilome Systemic Fungicide, or Serenade for organic gardeners.
Cut back perennials that have finished blooming for a tidy appearance.