Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

October, 2007
Regional Report

Plant Bulbs

Fall is a great time to plant bulbs, and alliums, narcissus, Amarcrinum, calla, autumn crocuses (Colchicum), Leucojum, Cooperia, Dietes, hardy cyclamen, spider lilies (Hymenocallis), liriope, Louisiana iris, Ipheion, true lilies (Lilium), lycoris, oxalis, rain lilies, scilla, and Watsonia are among the many great choices for the South.

Establish Strawberry Plants for Spring Harvest

October is a great month for planting strawberries here in the lower South. The plants will grow slowly through our warm southern winters, preparing for a great harvest season in March and April. Prior to planting, work some compost into the soil and build raised beds for optimum drainage.

Fertilize New Transplants

Young transplants need to be fed gradually during the first few weeks to help get them off to a good, fast start. Dissolve a soluble plant food in water and drench the plants to thoroughly wet the soil and roots.

Top-Dress Turf Plagued by Take-All Patch

A fall application of sphagnum peat over St. Augustine lawns plagued by take-all patch disease can help fight the disease without spraying fungicides. Apply the peat at a rate of 1 bale per 1,000 square feet. After application, water the area well. Make this application in early to mid fall for best results.

Plant Perennial Herbs

Plant perennial herbs so they will have time to establish prior to winter and will be ready to take off in early spring with fresh new growth. Water the new plants with a starter solution of fertilizer, and add a little mulch around plants to deter cool-season weeds.


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