6 November Garden Maintenance Tasks
November is often something of a transitional month, a stepping stone between autumn and winter.
Now that the clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter and shorter, we are losing more and more daylight hours to be spending out in our gardens.
For many of us, who leave for and return from work in the darkness, it means that we only have our weekends to get out into the garden.
However, with our gardens dying back quickly at this time of the year, it is certainly true that the amount of maintenance a garden needs will not be as onerous as during spring and summer. Having said that, there is still plenty to be getting on with to keep on top of things this month.
We’ve compiled a list of 6 garden maintenance tasks to be carried out during November to keep your garden looking at its best.
1. Prune Existing Roses & Plant New Ones
November is the perfect time to be pruning your roses, as the flowers will have faded away for the winter.
It is important to prune your roses to ensure that they grow back vigorously and flower well the following year.
It is also very important to prune your climbing roses this month, as, if left unmanaged, they can grow into a tangled mess. It’s essential that you ensure they are properly fastened to your trellis or horizontal wiring, as they aren’t self-clinging. Again, November is a good time to be doing this.
As well as pruning your roses, this month is ideal for planting new roses ready for next year – provided the ground isn’t frozen.
2. November Pond Care
When the weather starts turning cold, you’ll want to stop feeding any fish that you may have in your garden pond. This is because, during cold temperatures, the metabolism of pond fish will drop and any food that you give them may not be digested properly and so can potentially kill them.
If there are a few milder days, you’ll still need to resist the temptation to feed them as they’ll find enough food growing within the pond, if they really need it.
During November, there will still be plenty of leaves falling from nearby trees and it’s important to continue removing them from the surface of your pond to prevent the growth of algae. This can be done with either a rake or a net.
November is also a good time of the year to remove your submersed pump from your pond and give it a good clean, ready for next springtime.
3. Undertake Any Hard Landscaping Activities
Now that your garden will be in full shutdown mode for the winter, November is a great time to be installing those hard landscaping features, as your garden will be back to its bare bones.
Pathways and patios can be constructed using many different forms of surfacing. The most popular types of paving in the garden are paving slabs or block paving, but you can also create stunning pathways and patios using loose gravel, decking, pattern imprinted concrete, resin-bound gravel or cobbles.
If you are using concrete to lay paving slabs or edgings, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the weather forecast, as frost can potentially cause concrete to crack if it hasn’t yet gone off properly. Hold off on the concrete if there is a frost forecast for the following day.
If you’ll be needing the services of a professional landscape gardener, now is a great time to get in contact with them for a quotation. Naturally, they will be quieter during the winter months, meaning you’ll likely obtain lower prices at this time of the year.
4. Mow Your Lawn for the Final Time This Year
Real grass can still grow in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius, but November is usually the last time you’ll need to mow your lawn until early next spring.
Of course, you’ll want to keep the length slightly longer than you do in the summer months, to avoid damaging the grass.
If your grass isn’t waterlogged yet, it is still not too late to aerate, scarify or top dress your lawn.
But it is too late to be applying a weedkiller. There’s really no point, as the weeds will begin to die back naturally at this time of the year, anyway, so it won’t have as much effect as during periods of growth. You can cut back on the chemicals and let nature take care of this one.
If you have a petrol-powered lawnmower, don’t forget to drain the fuel, as petrol doesn’t keep for very long.
If you have grown tired of the hard work involved with maintaining your lawn, now is the perfect time of the year to install an artificial lawn.
What was admittedly once a bit of a taboo among the gardening community has fast become the perfect alternative to the real thing, even for die hard gardeners.
There are so many advantages to an artificial lawn and with today’s advances in manufacturing techniques, it looks just the same as the real thing.
At this time of the year, having an artificial lawn means that you can still use it, as it won’t be the boggy, waterlogged mess that most lawns up and down the UK tend to turn into.
November is a great time of the year to install your fake grass, as the ground will be softer than during spring and summer and will therefore be easier to excavate.
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5. Tidy Borders
Again, now that your garden has faded away, now is the perfect time to be clearing your borders, especially as the likelihood is that there are plenty of leaves clogging up your beds at this time of the year.
Leaves don’t only look messy, they can actually cause harm to your plants, too, particularly during this time of the year when they are at their most vulnerable.
It is also a good time to remove any weeds or moss from your borders, to keep them clear for the winter months and – while you are there – deadheading can be done at the same time.
6. Raise Containers to Prevent Waterlogging
November is often quite a wet month here in the UK, with average rainfall of around 88mm for the entire month.
If you have container pots, it is a good idea to get them up and out of any potential standing water and allow any excess moisture to drain away, to avoid waterlogging.
This can simply be done by propping up the plants on bricks or feet, to keep them off the ground.
You should also remove any saucers.
If we receive lots of rainfall, it would be a good idea to put container plants under some temporary cover, to protect them from excess moisture.
As another month goes by and winter is now fast approaching, there is, of course, plenty to still be getting on with in our gardens in preparation for the cold months ahead.
We hope you have enjoyed our November edition of our garden maintenance series and, if you have any other tips for maintaining our gardens at this time of the year, then we would love to hear from you.
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Thanks for reading – we look forward to seeing you in December for the last post in our garden maintenance series.
Don’t forget to check out our garden maintenance guides for the other months of the year: