November Gardening To Do List

Want to enjoy the mums you purchased this fall again next year? You can! After their flowering season this year, cut them back far enough to remove all the faded flowers, (about 1/4 their height) and plant them in the landscape.

-Check your yard for Sod Webworms, hundreds of moths ready to destroy your yard. We have a product to combat; come see us. 

-Plant hardy trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines. 

-Plant spring flowering bulbs (except for tulips & hyacinths, which must be refrigerated and planted in late December/early January). 

-Watch azaleas for lace bugs. Control with a horticultural oil spray or one of our recommended products.

-Build a compost pile. Leaves, grass, and remains from a veggie garden are great components. 

-Plant cool season annuals. Pansies are a great choice now that night-time temps will hopefully stay around 65 degrees. 

- Clean leaves up in and around roses to remove any possibility of diseased leaves staying over winter and causing black spot next year.

- Yellowing herbaceous perennials should be trimmed back now.  As leaves deteriorate, the removal is important to maintaining overall vigor of the plant. 

- As cold weather arrives, be sure to keep your bird feeders full of seed.  Local birds will appreciate a free meal.  Keep in mind, birds love berries from holly, winter berries, crab apples, beauty berry and many other shrubs.  You may want to snip some now for winter decorations and keep in a sheltered area before they disappear.

-If you have not aerated your lawn, do so now.  Aerating your lawn pulls plugs out of the ground and allows water, fertilizer and insect ideas to reach roots easily.  If you dig out a plug of your lawn and find you have an inch of dead matter between the roots and blades of grass, you should aerate your lawn.  As cold arrives start to reduce the height of your lawn mower and shorten your grass in preparation for winter.

-Continue to rake and discard leaves as they fall.  If you have the ability to shred them or mow them and bag them, do so before adding them to your compost bin.  If they are diseased, get rid of them!

-Install pond netting over your garden ponds to stop leaves from floating and eventually sinking to the bottom of the pond causing problems down the road.  If you have fish 5-6" long, be sure you add a water aerator which pumps bubbles into your pond for the winter.  Fish this size and larger need constant oxygen when pumps are shut down for winter.

-Take time to enjoy the season, stop and look around you or take a stroll through a park.  Mother Nature offers some incredible picturesque selfies this time of the year.  Enjoy them before they are gone.  The world moves way to fast and we all need time to slow down and enjoy the moment.