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November garden advice and maintenance


General gardening

  • 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.

Wildlife gardening

  • 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