October Gardening Chores: Getting the Most Out of Your Garden

October Gardening Chores

Leaves can damage your lawn, so make sure you rake them up.

October is here! The leaves have turned from green to marvelous shades of red and gold, and in some cases have begun to fall.

But even though the weather is getting colder, there’s still plenty you can do with your garden. In fact, the cooler temperatures can help make October gardening a joy. Here are a few October gardening chores you should focus on this time of year.

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Back to School: 5 of the Best Gardening Books

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Fall is here and school is back in session. By now you’ve probably gotten your kids acclimated to their regular academic routine, but what about your own education?

Specifically, your gardening education. You could always read the other entries in our Gardening Guide, where we use the collective knowledge from our garden center to discuss everything from lawns, to landscaping, to birdfeeders, but you might want something a little more in-depth.

There are a wealth of great gardening books out there, enough to fill a lot more than just one blog post. Here are a few of the best:

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Summer’s End: Getting Your Garden Ready for Autumn

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Whenever people write poems about autumn, they tend to focus on the inexorable passage of time, and how fall seems like the end of the growing season.

But here at our Chester nursery, we choose to see autumn not as an ending, but as a new beginning, the start of a new growing season and a chance to try new things and prepare for the winter.

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Battling Japanese Beetles: How to Get Rid of These Garden Pests

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The average lifespan of a Japanese beetle is only about four to six weeks, but as any gardener supply store could tell you, that’s enough time for them to make meal out of your garden.

But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against these pests. Peak Japanese beetle season is underway, so let’s take a look at some pest control methods you can use to keep them away from your plants.

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How to Protect Your Garden from Insects

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You love the plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables growing in your garden.

So do bugs.

And while some insect varieties can be beneficial to your backyard plant life, a lot of them can cause some serious damage.

Before you reach for the inspect spray, New Jersey gardeners, consider these pest control tips for keeping bugs away from your plants.

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How to Maintain a Vegetable Garden

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You don’t become healthy by accident. It takes work: eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc.

Your vegetable garden is the same way. It can only remain healthy through proper maintenance. Before heading out to buy plants, seeds or garden fertilizer, New Jersey gardeners might want to read up on a few ways to maintain a healthy vegetable garden.

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Anyone Can Garden with These 5 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables

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Which sounds more appealing?

  1. A salad made from vegetables you grew yourself
  2. A salad made from vegetables that spent days traveling from a farm to your local grocery store

We think the answer is A, and not just because we’ve got a stake in the world of New Jersey garden supply. Fresh, home-grown vegetables will always win out over their store-bought counterparts.

At the same time, the idea of growing your own vegetables can seem pretty daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Anyone can start a garden with a little patience, and the help of these easy-to-grow vegetables:

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden This Spring

Spring is finally here, and if you’re like us, your thoughts have turned to your garden.

Maybe you already know what you want to grow, and spending your days dreaming of all the different flowers, shrubs and trees you’ll plant this year.

Or maybe you’re worried that your garden just isn’t ready. It’s been sitting idle all winter, and you’re just not sure it’s ready for planting.

If you fall into the latter category, don’t fret. You can have your garden ready for the spring planting season with these garden preparation steps.

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How to Build a DIY Bird Feeder

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If you want to become a bird watcher, you could pick worse places than New Jersey, where you’ll find such colorful creatures as the blue jay, the cardinal and the brilliant yellow goldfinch (our state bird).

And don’t think that you need to trek through the woods with binoculars to spend time with birds. When you build a DIY bird feeder, you can let the birds come to you.

Here are a few suggestions for building your own bird feeder.

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Protect Your Dog with Pet-Friendly Ice Melts

When you say the words “rock salt,” New Jersey dog lovers will likely think about their pooches’ paws.

That’s because while dogs love to scamper through the snow, they might not enjoy the walk home, as the rock salt and ice melt that we spread in the wake of winter storms can be harmful to our four-legged family members.

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