This month's Jobs November
- Check stakes and ties to make sure that they are secure for the winter.
- Check fences and trellis. Replace or repair any loose panels or uprights.
- Remove moss and algae from block paving and patio areas using a moss killer for this purpose.
- Clean out your garden shed and make sure that fertilizers are stored in plastic containers rather than cardboard which can absorb moisture.
Patio and Container Gardening
Give your patio a good clean with our patio cleaner
- Move half hardy plants growing in containers to a greenhouse for the winter.
- Wrap pots containing evergreens with bubble wrap for extra insulation and move them to a sheltered area near the house over winter. Wrap the plants with horticultural fleece if hard weather threatens.
- Make sure that evergreens in containers do not go short of water, especially if the containers freeze up.
Bulbs and Perennials
- Finish planting Tulips and Daffodils in borders and pots as soon as possible this month.
- Apply mulch around the crowns of perennials to improve the soil and give extra protection for the plants against hard weather.
- Dig up Dahlias as soon as the leaves are blackened by frost. The tubers can be dried off, labelled and stored in a frost free place until next spring.
- Stop watering tuberous Begonias to dry them off and store in a frost free place until replanting next spring.
Trees and Shrubs
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- Visit your local garden centre to choose from the range of winter flowering shrubs to extend the interest in your garden.
- Move evergreens and conifers that have outgrown their space by the end of this month. Make sure that they do not go short of water and erect a windbreak in exposed areas until the plants have re established themselves.
- Prune Dog Woods, Willows and Elderberries to a basic frame work, low to the ground and use the prunings to make hard wood cuttings. Leave pruning until early spring if you wish to enjoy coloured stems through the winter months.
Sowing and Planting
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- Plant trees, shrubs, fruit and Roses into well prepared ground. Remember to stake tall plants and trees until they are established.
- Continue to take hard wood cuttings from suitable subjects to increase your stocks.
Visit our Lawn Care department Browse our lawnmower range
- Keep off the lawn if the ground is frozen so that the grass is not bruised.
- Cut your lawn if necessary, according to the weather conditions. Use the highest blade settings through the winter.
The Vegetable Garden
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- Sow a variety of Broad Bean such as Aquadulce that will stand the winter and give an earlier crop next year.
- Winter dig vacant ground and leave the earth in ‘clods’ for the frost to work down.
- Hoe between crops when the weather is suitable to keep on top of germinating weed seeds.
- Harvest the first Sprouts, Leeks and Cabbages. Lift Parsnips from the ground and use as required.
Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips
- Leave dead heads on perennials and ornamental grasses until the birds have eaten the seed.
- Leave an area of your garden untouched until the spring. Wildlife appreciates long grass as cover and dry seed heads as food for birds and a hibernation spot for many insects.
- As well as commercial bird food, cake crumbs, cheese and uncooked fruit also goes down well with many species through the winter months.
- Make sure fresh water is always available for drinking and bathing, especially when the ground is frozen.
- Do not disturb hedgehog houses as they may be in use now. Leave your pond alone as frogs may be hibernating in the bottom and any fish will be lower in the water as well.
- Line your nest boxes with wool or hay once you have cleaned them out. Small birds may use them as roosts through the colder months.
Find even more ideas on our blog
- Visit your local garden centre and choose from the many gift ideas for your friends and relatives.
- Make a ‘wish list’ of your own!
- Walk around the garden on a sunny day and think about any changes you would like to make next year. Gardens are never finished – they are always evolving!