November Gardening Tips
November is here and suddenly the days are shorter and a lot colder! Keep yourself warm in the garden with a few tidy up jobs -
Leaves will still be falling. See our previous tips for making mulch, using a good rake and leaf grabbers. Now is a good time to spread previous years well rotted mulch on empty beds. Discard unwanted leaves.
November is a good time to add grease bands to fruit trees to prevent moth damage. Grease bands are pesticide free and will prevent caterpillars climbing the tree and should stop moth infestations in the spring. They are ideal for fruit trees such as apple and pear but can be used on other trees if necessary.
Feed the birds! They will be getting hungry and will be looking for food. Feed them through the winter - there is a wide range of feeds available for all birds. Use a feeder or a bird table to attract them - but keep them clean and therefore disease free. Putting feeders near the window and watch from your favourite chair!
Roses can be pruned by a third now. This will help protect them from winter wind damage.
Tulips can be planted in the garden or in tubs ready for a lovely spring display. Over plant tubs with winter colour such as pansy, primrose or viola for winter long colour. Adding a small conifer or an ajuga will add some height to a display.
Keep warm and enjoy the garden!