North Florida Gardening: Oct
The Gardening Calendar
gives Florida gardeners a monthly guide for what to
plant and do in their gardens and includes links to useful
gardening websites, all based on University of Florida
research and expertise. According to this map Levy County
is in the North Florida area.
Gardening: What to Plant in October
Plant digitalis (foxglove), petunia, and shasta daisy in the fall garden. See Annuals
Fragrant daffodil varieties for North Florida include ‘Carlton’, ‘Fortune’, ‘Silver Chimes’, ‘Thalia’, and ‘Sweetness’.
See Bulbs for Florida
Some to try from plants or seed include dill, fennel, oregano, and sage.
Plant bulbing onions, salad crops such as arugula, lettuce, and spinach, as well as numerous other cool-season crops.
See Vegetable Gardening in Florida
Gardening: What to Do
Control winter weeds in lawns before they appear. Pre-emergent herbicides must be applied at the right time to be effective. Apply when nighttime temps are 55°F–60°F for 4–5 days. Avoid “weed and feed” products.
See Lawn Weeds
Plant evergreen hollies; their bright berries add color to the landscape when other plants have died back for the winter. Water well when planting and mulch to minimize weeds.
Gather pine needles that are dropping and use them as natural mulch.
See Landscape Mulches
This is the last month to set strawberry plants in the garden or in large containers. Either way, water daily until plants are established.
Lawns start to lose color as the weather cools. If a green winter lawn is desired, overseed with annual ryegrass when daytime temps are in the low 70s, but keep in mind that watering and mowing will be required.
Watch for brown patch and large patch, fungal diseases that cause areas of grass to turn brown. Since treatment is difficult, prevention with proper cultural practices is key. The disease becomes active when the soil temperature, measured 2–4 in. deep, is between 65°F and 75°F and goes dormant when the weather warms in May.
See Turf Diseases
Click here to see information on Central and South Florida gardening.