October Gardening Tips

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Below are tips for the month of October from the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Pasquotank County. If you have questions, please call our office on Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon or other times and speak with Grace Manzer our horticulture agent.


  • Plant or transplant ferns.
  • Shrubs, trees, roses, peonies, pansies, and ground covers can still be planted.
  • Transplants of cool weather veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, collards, lettuce, and other leafy greens can be planted now.
  • Spring bulbs such as daffodils and crocus can be planted now. Hold other bulbs for planting until later this month through November. Do not add fertilizer to the planting holes.
  • Divide overgrown perennials such as hostas, daylilies, and sedum, then replant.


  • Cut back perennial herbs for better branching next season.
  • Apply 2” to 4” of mulch to shrubs and perennials. Use fertilizer with little to no nitrogen for shrubs.
  • Overseed warm season grass with perennial ryegrass.
  • Time to clean up the summer vegetable garden!
  • Leave hummingbird up until mid-month as some birds have stayed longer and will need food on their way to Central and South America.
  • Fall is a good time to take soil samples.