November Garden To Do and Tips



Deep watering of evergreens needs to continue until it starts to freeze.


Place all the spent annuals, vegetables, weeds and leaves into the compost pile to work over the winter. Keep the compost pile moist to help in the decay process. Mix in all fall additions by turning the pile. Add any fertilizer residue from nearly empty bags to the pile.


Earthworms must remain below the frost line to survive. The compost pile will raise the frost line so the worms will survive moderate cold weather.  Use of mulch will also raise the frost line.
Photo by: Ben Dunham


We need to cut back our perennials back to about 3 inches from the ground after several strong frosts have occurred.


Dig up any tuberous begonias and knock the soil off, trim back the stalks and store in a cool dry place until spring.


Dig up, divide and then re-plant any overcrowded perennials that have finished flowering.
Photo by: Katie Hannan


A November application of fertilizer to the lawn is very beneficial.  It will promote root development without stimulating top growth. This will help our lawns cope with the strong heat next summer.


Many plants are very sensitive to de-icing salts.  Use sand or sawdust on walkways near planting to keep from impacting them.


Keep some heavy material or cardboard boxes on hand to cover tender garden plants on the first frosts of the year.  Many tender garden plants will produce for several more weeks if protected from the first frost.
photo by: Pleuntje


Winterize the mower, disconnect the spark plug wire. Remove all gasoline and oil. Replace the old oil with fresh oil.  Clean the grass from the underside of the mower. Spray paint the clean underside of the mover to stop rust from starting next year. Remove the air filter and clean thoroughly. Remove and sharpen the blades.


Keep the cutting tools in working order.  Wipe with paint thinner to clean any resins from them.  Sharpen and oil thoroughly.  We will be using them in the garden soon.


Prevent the start of weed by using a pre-emergent now.  Mulch around bedding plants, shrubs and trees.


There are still a lot of things we need to do in the garden and in our beds.






-My Yard Garden

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