The top three must-do gardening jobs for November


The garden begins to wind down in November as deciduous plants enter dormancy. But there are still gardening jobs to do this month to prepare for winter. Make sure to get outside and enjoy the garden as it fades, leaving structural plants and evergreens to take centre stage. Here are three gardening jobs for November.

1. Protect tender plants

The weather has turned and now is the time move any tender plants into the greenhouse, conservatory or porch to shelter them. Frosts can cause serious damage to plants.

You should also protect any exotic plants like palms or tree ferns from winter weather with straw and hessian on the crown and around the trunk.

2. Plant spring-flowering bulbs

Bulbs need to be in the ground over winter to flower in spring. Plant spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, snowdrops and grape hyacinths now. Protect from waterlogging and rotting by using the ‘lightbulb’ technique – push and twist the bulb into the soil. Here’s more detailed advice on planting bulbs.

November is also a good time to plant other spring-flowering plants like pansies and wallflowers.

3. Tie in tall plants and structures

Another important winter gardening job is to stake tall plants, climbers and young trees. The stakes should be sturdy enough to withstand strong winds. Also check that ties are not cutting into the stems, and loosen them if needed.

It is also worth checking that arches, pergolas and fences are secure. Repair them now and there will be less danger of damage in high winds.

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  1. Christine November 5, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Thank you so much love to read your tips every month very usefull going to plant my daffodils now

  2. Beryl November 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I’m new to planting do I have to cover standard roses I have four ?

    • Tyler November 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Beryl,
      In England you don’t have to worry too much about roses as they are generally very hardy. If you are fertilising them then it’s a good idea to stop fertilising six weeks before the first frost so that they don’t grow unnaturally into the cold season, as that can be damaging. Many people also stop deadheading in the fall in order to let the plant go to seed as with many other plants. Though there is no conclusive research on this, it does make sense.

      Good luck!

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