· Mid October starts our best planting season. Hopefully gentle rain will help irrigate the new plants. Be aware of winds and water well before the plants wilt.
· Plant winter annuals.... Alyssum, Dianthus, Johnny Jump-ups, Pansies, Violas, Calendula, Stock are just a few..
· Scatter wildflower and native seed especially California poppies.(Plant some of the seed in pots with labels so you can identify the seedlings and don't weed them out of the garden)
· Plant iris, South African and native bulbs
· Sow lettuce, chard, kale, bok choy, spinach, raddish, broccoli or plant vegetable starts.
· Plant perennials, divide old clumps
· Do not plant tropicals.
· Adjust irrigation of trees so they do not get over saturated. Start to cut back irrigation. Subtract a day, keep the number of minutes the same.
· Cleanup debris, dropped fruit, dead plants and leaves.
· Fertilize cool season lawns. Lower blade height to encourage bushier growth.
· Apply fertilizer with humic acid to revitalize the soil.
· Stop feeding Camellias when they begin to develop flower buds
· Snail and slug season is starting.
· If you are infested with spider mites, use a miticide.