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October's gardening to-do list
Ask a master gardner
MaryBeth Evans
Mary Beth Evans
This “to-do” list is taken from the “Gardening Guide to the Lower South,” published by the Trustees Garden Club in Savannah. The book is available at Twin Oaks on Rt. 84 in Midway and at Anderson’s Feed and Garden Supply on Highway 84 in Walthourville.

Need to know
Perennials, biennials and hardy annuals should be sown or planted now through November. Root growth will proceed through winter months. This includes aquilegia, candytuft, dianthus, shasta daisy, hosta, liatris, snapdragons, pansies, larkspur, sweet peas and poppies.
* Sow wildflowers now.
* Begin planting spring flowering bulbs.
* Plant perennial herbs. (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.)
* Begin fall planting of trees and shrubs.
* Divide and transplant daylilies, liriope, ajuga, iris and other perennials.
* Cut back irises as they begin to flop over.
* Prune long irregular shoots on evergreens. No major pruning until early spring.
* Fertilize pansies and calendula.
* Spray for scale on camellias and hollies.
* Do not fertilize lawn in fall.
* Keep watering if dry fall. Mulch tender shrubs and plants.
* After blooming, hibiscus, bird of paradise, allamanda and other patio plants should be brought in garage for a rest. They require little watering.
* Collect dry seeds for planting next year.

LeConte workday
A major overhaul of the Botanical Garden is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation. Feel free to come out and pitch in. Extension agents from Liberty and Bryan counties will be on hand. Also, visit us during the Rice Festival on Nov. 3.

About us
“Ask a Master Gardener” is a bi-monthly column. Look for us again mid-month when we will answer your gardening questions.
For information about the Master Gardener program or to ask a gardening question, call 876-2133.
For more information about the LeConte workday, call 884-3243.
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