Garden tips for November
In November the winter begins to kick in, time to prepare the garden for the harsh weather ahead.
There’s still time to plant Daffodil bulbs and other spring flowering bulbs for a magnificent start to next years display.
November is the best time to plant Tulip bulbs.
Cut leaves off Christmas and Lenten rose type hellebores to make way for the flowers.
Continue to lift dahlia tubers; begonias and gladiolus corms to store dry over the winter months. Remove the dead foliage before storing.
Unless you are leaving dead stems for structure in the garden, or as habitats for over-wintering wildlife, you can continue to cut down faded herbaceous perennials.
November is an ideal time to plant roses. Avoid planting in areas where roses were previously growing otherwise the new plants may suffer from replant diseases (rose sickness).
Shrubs normally pruned hard in the spring – such as Buddleia, Cornus and Lavatera – can be cut back by half now, to prevent wind rock and neaten their appearance.
Tie wall shrubs and climbers onto their supports to protect them from wind damage.
Harvest parsnips after the first frosts when their flavour will have improved.
Cover brussel sprouts and cabbages with netting to protect them from birds.
Divide mature clumps of rhubarb once they are dormant.
Stake top-heavy brassicas and draw up some soil around the base of the stem to prevent wind rocking the plant and causing damage to the roots.
You can prune pear and apple trees anytime between now and February.
Apply glue bands or grease bands to the trunks of fruit trees to prevent female winter moths laying their eggs in the branches.
To keep the lawn healthy rake off fallen leaves before they block out light and moisture from the grass.
Avoid walking on lawns on frosty mornings. It can damage the grass and often leads to brown footprint-shaped marks.