By November, the clocks have been re-set for winter time, expect days to be much shorter, wetter and much windier. Any mild spells will be rare now and yet any are valuable opportunities to complete any outstanding gardening tasks. November is traditionally a very busy period for planting (bare-rooted and/or root-balled) 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 grown, wait for dry conditions before giving the lawn a trim
- Check to ensure that all tree stakes and ties are secure
- 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 remove any unwanted trees or shrubs
- Time is running out to complete any remaining planting of tulip bulbs