How To Care For Your Garden with our November Garden Jobs

Sometimes it can be easy to think that because we are in the darker and colder months of the year, there is nothing left you could be doing in your garden. To help you out we have compiled a list of jobs to tackle over the next month to keep your winter garden and plants in perfect shape. 

1. Cut hedges especially conifers

Pruning conifers during dormancy will minimise the release of sap or resin from the cuts. Trimming in winter rather than autumn also prevents soft new growth that would be vulnerable to the frost.

2.  Lift Gladioli corms and Dahlia tubers and house in a frost-free location

Plant cells can be damaged or even destroyed by frost, so it is important to take measures to keep them safe, and you will be rewarded with beautiful blooms in the next few seasons. With perennials, such as Gladioli’s and Dahlia’s, it’s best to house them in a frost-free location before the first frost.

3.  Pull up summer bedding and plant hardy bedding e.g. Pansies

It’s time to say goodbye to our summer bedding plants and shift our focus onto more hardy plants that can survive in colder environments, such as Pansies. We recommend Helleborus which are a must in any winter garden!

4.  Clear out tomato and pepper plants from greenhouses

Unless you have a heated greenhouse it is a good idea to clear out your tomato and pepper plants or any other summer crops. This also allows you space and time to tackle job number 5…

5. Clean greenhouse inside and out

This may not seem like the most exciting job but it is incredibly beneficial to the growth of your plants. By keeping the glass or plastic of your greenhouse clean, you are allowing as much light as possible to reach your plants, as algae, moss, and grime are not blocking any of the suns rays.

6. Drain down all outside watering equipment. Insulate outside taps from frost

As we get closer to freezing temperatures, be prepared by draining your outdoor water equipment to avoid any burst pipes over the winter. Simply turn off the taps water supply and insulate them with an outdoor tap cover until the cold weather has passed.

7. Put bird food out to encourage winter birds into the garden

Colder weather means birds need more energy just to keep warm so put some bird food in your garden, and make sure there is also water out and that it doesn’t freeze over so birds can still drink and wash daily. By attracting birds into your garden you, in turn, will be rewarded with insect and weed control from different varieties of birds.

8. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year

October to November is the perfect time to plant your fully hardy tulip bulbs as the soil will have cooled off after the summer growing season. Remember to plant each bulb at least twice the bulb’s width apart, and at a depth of two or three times the bulb’s height.

9. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging

Waterlogging limits oxygen supply to the roots and prevents carbon dioxide from diffusing away, thus causing the plant’s roots to die and can cause root rot. To avoid this raise your containers onto pot feet and ensure they can drain.

10. Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds, and beds

As beautiful as the colours of the leaves are in autumn, the changing of the seasons results in lots of fallen leaves. To keep your garden healthy clear up your fallen leaves and add them to your compost. For your pond, it’s particularly important to avoid decomposing vegetation building up in the pond.

 

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