October 2020 Newsletter
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.”
~ Emily Brontë
Enjoy the splendor of October.
October is warm comfortable days sandwiched between cool crisp mornings and nights. Leaves on trees and shrubs create an artistic palette of reds, oranges, and yellows throughout the landscape. Gardens are filled with the autumnal blooms of mums, asters, goldenrod, anemones, and hydrangeas, while summer blooming marigolds, zinnias, and dahlias are still flowering. The days are becoming shorter and yet the sun appears more golden and warm in October. Yards and porches are adorned with pumpkins, cornstalks, and spooky creatures. Neighbors are outside working on their landscapes preparing gardens for winter. The smell of backyard bonfires linger as families enjoy the joys of October together. Enjoy the wonderful weather while it lasts, because colder temperatures are coming and before we know it October will slip into November.
Be safe and be well!
Your Friends at
Jackson Florist & Garden Center
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
Jackson Florist & Garden Center is your store for everything fall. We have everything you need to create an idyllic autumn display at your home, from mums and pumpkins to cornstalks and Halloween decorations. If you are wanting to add trees and shrubs to your landscape we have great plants that will enhance your garden. Long-blooming hydrangeas, hardy viburnums, and unique evergreens provide year-round interest and we have a wide variety for you to peruse. Are your containers needing a little tlc? Cool weather annuals, such as pansies, ornamental peppers, and cabbage are perfect for adding color to containers that will last through cold weather. Visit us today to see what is in stock.
Lawn Care Special
Currently we are running a special on the fertilome 3-Step lawn care program. For every 5,000 square foot program you purchase you will receive a $10 gift card for future use.
The program includes 2 bags of
Lawn Food Plus Iron and
1 bag of For All Seasons.
Fall Lawn Care
If you have not applied your first fall application of lawn fertilizer don't fret, you still have time. The Fertilome 3-step lawn program provides nutrition and protection for your lawn so that you will have a healthy and beautiful space to call your own.
The two steps that are applied in the fall are two separate applications of Fertilome's Lawn Food Plus Iron. It is best if you can get your second application down by mid November, but make sure you allow 6 weeks between the first and second application.
To learn more about caring for your lawn check out our Lawn Care blog post.
Time to Bring in Your House Plants
We are in the full swing of fall. Shorter days and cooler temperatures means it is time to bring in the tropical house plants you moved outside in the spring. Before you pack everything into the house, take some time to check your plants for pests and disease. Examine leaves (making sure to look underneath), stems, blooms, the top of the soil, and pots for signs of insects. A strong stream of water can knock off any unwanted pests. Applying a systemic granular or a horticulture oil will help to control and prevent insects from moving into your home and becoming your new tenants.
Images of homes filled with beautiful tropical plants are flooding the internet and social media. If you have found yourself being envious of the “jungalow” style you are not alone. House plants are making a huge comeback and now, amidst an international pandemic, is a great time to add a plant or three to your home. Not only will your home look jungalicious, but you will reap the many health benefits of plants. House plants provide oxygen, while also purifying indoor air, boosting mood, and increasing productivity and creativity.
Jackson Florist & Garden Center has a great selection of tropical house plants from leafy philodendrons and ficus to drought tolerant cacti and succulents. We are always looking for the new and unique for you to add to your growing plant family. If you have questions about your plant don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to help.
October in the Garden
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Life is busy this time of year and life in the garden is no less full. Warm sunny October days are great for tackling chores in the garden that range from planting spring-blooming bulbs and mums to preparing the garden for winter. Here are some suggestions to help your garden get ready for the year ahead.
First things first, pull out the dead and dying summer annuals in your containers and replace them with cool-weather loving plants. Fall containers are not just about mums. Think about ornamental cabbages and kale, peppers, grasses, heucheras, asters, pumpkins, and gourds, as well as mums.
Once you have your containers in order take a walk through your garden. Assess and take notes on what worked this year and what didn't. Did the new combination of annuals you planted last or did you have to replace them? The more notes you make the more prepared you will be for next year's planting season. Are any of your perennials showing signs that they need to be divided? Are their centers dying out? Are they outgrowing their space? If so, fall is an optimal time to divide and replant perennials that bloom in the spring or summer. Planting and dividing in the fall takes advantage of the soil's warm temperatures and the air's cooler temperatures. This temperature combination encourages the plant to focus on root development rather than blooms (their focus in the spring and summer) helping to make the plant strong and ready for the upcoming winter. Click on the link to read a helpful article on dividing perennials.
Many people like a neat and tidy garden going into the winter months. However, you don't have to cut back your perennials in the fall, March is also a great time to cut back perennials. Leaving perennials be in the fall creates winter interest and much needed habitat and food for over-wintering birds. Many plants benefit from the extra protection of stems through the cold winter weather. Any plants that are diseased or dying should be removed. If you have peonies in your garden make sure you cut them and remove the diseased foliage. Read this article to learn more about caring for your peonies. It is also a good idea to remove weeds from garden beds in the fall. Once the weeds are gone applying a weed preventive, such as Dimension, as well as mulch will help prevent weeds from returning in the spring.
Don't forget to dig up your tender bulbs such as, dahlias, gladiolas, and cannas. You can store the bulbs and rhizomes in cardboard boxes (shoe boxes work great) in the basement or garage until next May when it is safe to plant. October is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs.
Most importantly, get outside and enjoy the beauty of October.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery
Your Friends at JF&GC