November Gardening Tips - Squires Garden Centres

November Gardening Tips

Far from being a low point I think November is a month of opportunity in the garden.

It has certainly been a mild autumn so far and as I write this, in the last week of October, we still have roses in flower in our garden and no sign of a frost just yet. The great thing is that the soil is damp and forgiving to a fork or spade, so nature’s time to plant is made even easier.


There is still time to plant bulbs. Tulips actually prefer to be planted a little later than many other bulbs anyway and late autumn planting can reduce their susceptibility to disease. Do plant bulbs deep enough (two to three times the vertical length of the bulb) and always plant in clumps for the best effect.


Trees shrubs and climbers can be planted now. It is also a great time to put in a new hedge, with all the long term benefits to wildlife they bring, as well as being far more attractive than a close boarded fence. You can also move established plants now if they are in the wrong spot. There is always a risk in doing this, but if you need to, then now is the time.


Unsurprisingly this is also the time to divide clumps of perennial (cottage garden) plants that have got too large or overcrowded. This gives you the opportunity to increase your plant stock and populate your garden for free. You may want to cut back the stems of perennials that have finished flowering or retain some for architectural effect.


If you are in a windy spot then pruning back the branches of roses and some shrubs can reduce the potential for wind rock over the winter, which can loosen roots and damage plants. If you have hardy plants and shrubs in pots then take the opportunity to weed and top dress with fresh compost.


If you have never tried taking hardwood cuttings why not give it a go. Even roses root surprisingly easily. Most deciduous shrubs, climbers, fruit and trees can be propagated this way, from a healthy shoot of this year’s growth. I should warn you propagation may become addictive.


It is always something of a relief to give the lawn the last cut of the year, with the blades set high. Then you can put the mower away, carefully cleaning the blades and removing any grass before storage. You may want to think about getting your mower serviced over the winter too, rather than in the spring when the mechanics will be busier.


Give the vegetable patch a good dig and add well-rotted organic matter, such as homemade compost or composted stable manure.


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