Top 6 Gardening Must-Do’s for October - The Bend Magazine

Top 6 Gardening Must-Do’s for October

Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. shares top tips for gardening in October

Words and Photos: Story and Photos by Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co.

Welcome to another beautiful Fall in South Texas! Fall is OUR ABSOLUTE BEST TIME for planting veggies, trees, and just about everything else! Warm days and cool evenings make spending time outdoors lots of fun too. Fresh air & gardening are simple ways to stay healthy & whole.

Check out our October Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind.

Plant Fall Flowers


Take advantage of the weather while the days are still long. It’s the perfect time to start cool weather Impatiens, Snapdragons, Violas, Petunias, Calendula, Begonias, & many more. Warm days help flowers develop roots so they can look their best during the cooler months ahead.

Plant Food

Some of the best… Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Cilantro, Nasturtiums, and the list goes on. Remember – veggies are heavy feeders. We recommend feeding with organic Plant Tone on the 1st of each month, and again with liquid Hasta Gro on the 15th.

Watch:  Coastal Bend Veggie Gardening Guide

Feed Your Lawn + Prevent Weeds


Fertilizing this month helps develop strong roots for healthy growth next Spring and Summer.  We recommend our Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer or Medina Growin’ Green. Both can be used in all areas of your landscape. Prevent weeds in your lawn by applying Weed Beater Complete or Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.

Read: Fall Lawn Care

Plant Trees and Shrubs


I’ll say it again… it’s all about growing roots. Trees planted in Fall grow more next Spring & Summer. Live Oak, Burr Oak, Magnolia, Anacua, Cedar Elms, & Wild Olive are some of our South Texas fav’s.

Read: The Advantages of Fall Planting

Plant For Hummingbirds and Migrating Birds


Right now is a great time to plant all kinds of blooming plants that hummingbirds and other migratory birds need. Some of our favs for South Texas are Flame Acanthus (aka hummingbird bush), Salvias (like native Salvia greggii and Salvia leucantha), Cape Honeysuckle, native Turk’s Cap, native Beautyberry, Loquat, Firecracker plant, Coral bean – the list goes on!

Create Your Fall Look


Think classic Fall color like crotons, marigolds, and a few well-placed pumpkins. Ornamental grasses are in bloom this month and make a big impact. Mulch beds with pine straw and use the bales for décor too!