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What Albuquerque Gardeners Should Do in October:  

  • Stop by Jericho after the Balloon Fiesta and pick up a fresh ristra or two for our Southwestern flare.  
  • Harvest your pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn, or stop by Jericho and pick up a big one for a Jack-o-Lantern.
  • Still time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Soil preparation and a super phosphate is a must.
  • Plant ornamental grasses.
  • Plant perennial seeds that need cold stratification for spring germination, like poppies or wild flower seeds.
  • Plant pansies and kale in containers.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Fall sale is still going on at Jericho.
  • Winterize cool season lawns if you have not already done so.
  • Top dress garden beds with Back to Earth Compost or Enriched Mulch.
  • Clean ponds and waterfalls of leaves and debris.
  • Clean up any fruits and vegetables that may be rotting and dispose of tomato plants.
  • Last treatment for stone fruit for peach tree borers.
  • Winterize your irrigation systems.
  • Clean and store all gardening equipment and tools.
  • Clean and store containers or pots not in use.
  • Lift begonias, cannas, dahlias and gladiolus and store if they are in an area that will freeze.
  • Prune peonies down to 6″ and top dress with mulch.
  • Prune pyracantha to show off berries for winter color.
  • Deep water established trees, shrubs and flower beds monthly. New plantings will require more the first year.

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