Although the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping, this is the perfect time to prepare your garden for the colder months ahead.
One of the signature sights of autumn is the blanket of fallen leaves covering the ground. Piled leaves can create a breeding ground for diseases and pests, so grab your rake and clear them away.
November is the ideal time to give your lawn some attention. Mow the grass one last time before winter, lowering the cutting height gradually to prevent it from becoming too long. Aerate the soil to improve drainage and reduce compaction. November is also the last chance to top dress your lawn to protect it over the the cold winter months and give the dressing a chance to filter down into the topsoil.
Take advantage of the dormant season to divide overcrowded perennial plants. Lift and separate clumps of perennials like hostas, daylilies, and irises. Replant the healthiest sections, and you’ll not only rejuvenate the plants but also create new additions for your garden or to share with friends.
Introduce some winter interest to your garden by planting winter-flowering plants. Consider varieties like winter jasmine, Viburnum x bodnantense, or Helleborus (Christmas Rose). These plants can add a splash of colour and fragrance during the colder months.
Inspect and reinforce garden structures such as trellises, fences, and stakes. November can bring strong winds and storms, so ensuring that these structures are secure will help protect your plants and maintain the integrity of your garden design. We’ve created a handy guide on how to storm-proof your garden for the harsher months.
As winter approaches, bird feeders become essential for our feathered friends. Regularly clean and refill bird feeders to provide a vital food source for birds during winter. Clean feeders also help prevent the spread of diseases among the bird population.
Before storing your garden tools for the winter, give them a good clean. Remove any dirt, sap, or rust and apply a light coat of oil to metal parts to prevent corrosion. Sharp tools make for easier and cleaner cuts, so sharpen blades on pruners, shears, and hoes.
As outdoor gardening winds down, pay attention to your indoor plants. Clean the leaves, check for pests, and adjust watering routines based on the changing light and humidity conditions indoors. Consider repotting any plants that have outgrown their containers.
By taking the time to complete these essential gardening tasks, you’ll be setting the stage for a healthy and vibrant garden when spring arrives. So, don your gardening gloves, grab your tools, and let’s get to work ensuring a beautiful garden in the months to come.
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