Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do
An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.
- Lunar Phase: New Moon, Saturday, October 27, Halloween, Thursday, October 31
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Water, compost and fertilize
- 0-10-10 or similar low nitrogen fertilizer is recommended for feeding Cymbidiums Orchids during the bud and bloom cycle. Also, apply it to Azaleas, Camellias and others for blooms next spring.
Later in the Week
- When planting trees, avoid planting on a fence line. With half the tree on your side and the other half on a neighbor's, you can avoid neighbor disputes in future years. For fall color, consider planting Raywood Ash, Liquidambar, or Red Maples.
- EZ Seed or One-Step are available to repair bare spots in the turf. These products combine seed, fertilizer, and a top dressing mulch. Traditional grass seed is best for thinning lawns. The critical part of seeding a lawn, regardless of how it' applied, is moisture. If it dries out during the germination period, you will have to start over.
Other Things To-do
- Now is the time to remove soaker hoses from flower and vegetable beds for the winter months. Before storing them away, I'd lay them out flat on a driveway or pavement, remove the end caps and flush them out with water. Once they have air-dried, they can be coiled up and stored.
- And finally, you can increase the color per square foot of your spring-flowering bulbs by piggybacking your plantings. One of the best yellow-blue combinations is the yellow Dutch Master Daffodil with blue Wedgewood Iris.