November garden advice and maintenance
- Clear any fallen leaves from your lawn, pond and beds
- Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging
- Plant tulip bulbs for a Spring display next year
- Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
- Plant out winter bedding
- Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees by using grease bands around the trunks
- Encourage birds in to your garden by putting out bird food
- Continue to tidy beds and borders, then mulch with compost, well-rotted manure or bark and apply a slow release fertiliser such as bone meal.
- Provide Autumn and Winter interest by leaving attractive stems or seed heads for wildlife. Cut back old, unsightly perennials to ground level though
- Keep Autumn flowering plants looking their best by removing dead heads and ensuring they’re not being covered with fallen leaves.
In the greenhouse
- Protect plants in your greenhouse from cold winter nights with a heater
- Water in the morning only, so that the foliage does not remain wet at night and try to avoid leaf splash.
- Sow winter Lettuce in the greenhouse border soil.
- Ventilate the greenhouse with care in order to keep up air movement and alleviate dampness without letting temperatures fall too low.
- Insulate the greenhouse from frost – bubble wrap works well or purchase a bubble insulation pack.
- Replenish birdfeeders, or hang one if you have not done so in previous seasons. All feeds, including peanuts, are safe, as the breeding season is now over
- Clean out nesting boxes so that birds can shelter inside them during the winter
- Leave mature ivy uncut if possible, as it is an excellent late source of nectar for insects
- Make a leaf pile for hibernating mammals and ground-feeding birds overwintering in the UK