By November, our clocks have been re-set for Winter time, expect days to be short, wet and windy. Any mild spells are all very welcome and a great opportunity to complete outstanding gardening tasks.
November is traditionally a very busy period for planting (bare-rooted and/or rootballed) hedging, trees and shrubs.
- Remove fallen leaf from lawn areas and use to make leaf mould, an excellent compost for planted border. Simply dampen collected leaves and store in a black plastic bag. Pierce bag and set aside for 6 months
- Check and remove (rake/scarify) any moss and thatch from lawn areas
- If temperatures remain mild, grass will continue to grow, wait for dry conditions before giving the lawn a trim
- Check and secure all tree stakes and ties
- Apply autumn/winter lawn feed (high in phosphates and potash) to encourage good root development
- November is a good month to take a critical look at the garden, correct any mistakes, determine and plan changes for spring and try something new
- Time is running out, complete the planting of tulip bulbs soon
Article contributed by Owen Chubb – www.