October continued as a mild month with just the occasional reminder that winter is fast approaching. However, as we enter November, the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in. It’s a good time to take stock, get those autumn jobs done and start planning for next year. Here is our rundown of things to keep you busy in your garden through out November.
General jobs to do this month
- Clear up leaves from lawns, ponds and beds – use them to make leaf mould which will add structure and organic matter to your soil
- Make sure that any containers and pots are raised onto pot feet to prevent water-logging as the weather gets wetter and colder.
- Plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs for a spring display next year – this is really your last chance to do this
- Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
- Plant out winter bedding
- Put insulation around outdoor containers and pots to prevent them from being damaged by frost – bubblewrap works well
- Put grease bands around the trunks of fruit trees to prevent winter moth damage
- This is an ideal time to put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden and help them through the coming months
- Plant shrubs, roses and hedging plants sold with bare roots
- Move deciduous trees and shrubs once they have lost their leaves
- Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses
- Clear the moss or weeds from any areas of grass and give the grass one last feed before winter sets in, this will help it to stay alive
- Introduce mulch or wood chippings – Laying mulch or wood chippings between plants and shrubs before winter can help to protect the soil as well as keeping in vital nutrients.
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