Top 10 November Gardening Jobs

November, the penultimate month of the year, is upon us. For most of us this truly is the start of the Christmas season, with the shopping and the mince pies, but what is there to do in the garden? There’s lots of tidying to do as well as preparing your plants for the winter frosts and stronger winds. Aside from these you also want to think about how to make your garden look it’s best during this season without spending too much time in the cold and wet.

  1. Now is a good time to plant Roses but make sure you tie back and stake them, along with any other plants that are vulnerable to high winds. You can also cut back existing roses to further protect them from the wind.
  2. If you have a pond (especially with fish in it) you want to keep the water oxygenated in the coming freezing temperatures. One thing you can do is to simply put a ball in the water.
  3. Now is the ideal time to plant any hedges in your garden and there are many varieties that can help any visiting bird life too, such as holly, providing berries for them to feast on.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, you’ve still got time to plant your bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips and Allium. Then all you have to do is simply wait for the spring to see them bloom.
  5. If you have bird tables and feeders then you should clear away old food and disinfect them to prevent the spread of diseases through mould and droppings. Make sure you keep food and water topped up.
  6. Tidy any leaves, decaying plants and branches littering your garden, not forgetting your pond if you have one.
  7. Tidy your greenhouse if you haven’t already, removing any decaying plants and old compost to prevent the spread of disease and rodents. Also, make sure you give the windows a good clean to maximize light during the shorter days.
  8. To stop those pesky moths damaging your fruit trees you can put a grease band around the trunks.
  9. Non-hardy perennials, evergreens and shrubs will need a layer of mulch to preserve moisture and improve the fertility and health of the soil as well as insulating roots. You can use a variety of materials such as well rotted manure, leaf mould, straw and wood chippings.
  10. If the weather permits then you can mow your lawn one last time, then you can probably  store it away for the winter, making sure you clean it out from any dead grass.

Thanks for reading, Monty and the team at Gardens2You x

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