Top Tips for Gardening in November
With autumn in full swing and trees shedding their leaves as they prepare to hibernate over winter, there is much to do in the garden. From clearing away the fallen leaves to protecting plants from the incoming colder weather and gusty winds, November is no time to leave our gardens to fend for themselves.
Another big concern for gardeners is ensuring the birds and other wildlife that frequent our outdoor spaces have enough food and fresh water to tide them over during the winter.
Let’s run through a quick checklist of all the gardening jobs that should be carried out during November to make sure our gardens stay in great condition during the cold and wet weather and are ready to thrive again come spring.
Clear-up Fallen Leaves
Trees no longer need their leaves as there is much less sunshine during the colder months, so many gardens will have a generous scattering of them to clean up. It is not so important on bare topsoil or areas covered with bark chippings, but it is a good idea to clear them away from lawn turf, grass plants and flower beds. Scoop them out of ponds as well so the critters and vegetation underwater aren’t plunged into shadow as they will need all the light they can get.
Raise Potted Plants
Plants in pots or grass plants in containers should be raised off of the ground to prevent them becoming waterlogged during rainfall. You can use all sorts of items as ‘feet’ to raise them up an inch or so if there are no higher places to move them.
Insulate Plant Containers
Plants that cannot be moved into a greenhouse should be insulated against he cold and frost. A variety of materials can be used for this purpose, such as ground cover sheets or even bubble-wrap. A layer of bark chippings on the topsoil around the plant stems can also help insulate them against the cold.
Grease Your Trees
Apply bands of grease around fruit tree trunks to prevent winter moth damage. Their caterpillars can wreak all sorts of havoc on deciduous trees and shrubs so measures should be taken even if you haven’t noticed any infestations.
Prune Roses Bushes
Rose bushes should be pruned during November to prevent wind-rock. Roses will usually have grown quite tall by autumn time so they will need to be trimmed to prevent them swaying in the strong winds of winter which loosens their roots in the soil. A layer of bark chippings here can also help keep the top soil from being disturbed.
Care for the Birds
Winter is a tough time for birds as their usual food is so much more scarce. We often think to put out plenty of food to attract them during the spring and summer as they are a joy to behold, but they could do with our help even more during the winter.
Prepare for Spring
November is a great time to plant the likes of tulip bulbs so they will be ready for a beautiful spring display next year.
If you require lawn turf, seeds for grass plants, bark chippings or high quality top soil for your November gardening projects, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.