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Landscaping - November Gardening Tips from Pikes
Date Posted: Nov 01, 2005
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. In our part of the country, Mother Nature's color show is usually at its peak around the first of November. Vibrant hues of red, yellow, orange and green can be enjoyed as far as the eye can see. Enjoying the leaves while they are still on the trees is one thing. All too soon, those beautiful leaves will be falling from the trees covering our yards, walkways and driveways. Raking leaves is just one of the many gardening tasks that need to be done in November. Let's take a look at some others.
  • Last Chance to Fertilize Fescue Lawns before mid-November. Do not fertilize Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede or St. Augustine grasses since they will soon be dormant.
  • If you haven't already done so, plant spring flowering bulbs now. Bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths need a period of cold to perform their best next spring.
  • Don't allow leaves to accumulate on your lawn. Rake them up or use a blower before they have a chance to pile up. A mat of fallen leaves can prevent sunlight from reaching your grass and hinders air circulation. If not removed, fallen leaves can cause the grass to die out.
  • Put the leaves you rake to good use. They make an excellent mulch for your planting areas or you can add them to your compost pile. Composting turns the leaves into a useful gardening substance while saving valuable landfill space.
  • Speaking of mulching…A two to three inch layer of mulch in your planting areas insulates the soil and helps to protect the plant roots from temperature extremes. Mulching also helps to retain moisture in the soil. Plants in moist soil can withstand freezing temperatures better.
  • November is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs or transplant trees and shrubs that may have outgrown their original planting areas. Most plants and trees are dormant and have suspended active growth above the ground. The roots will continue to grow, however, allowing the plants to have a vigorous root system by the time the growing season returns. Don't plant in ground that is excessively wet or frozen.
  • Plant Encore Azaleas or Camellia Sasanquas for fall blooms. Spring is not the only season of the year when you can enjoy blooming plants. Both Encores and Sasanquas perform best when planted in partial shade.
  • Houseplants need less water and fertilizer but higher humidity during the winter months. Shorter daylight hours and sunlight that is less intense lull many houseplants into a semi-dormant state. Apply a slow-release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, to your houseplants now for gradual feeding throughout the winter. Furnaces dry out the air, so mist plants frequently to raise humidity levels.
  • Remove faded Pansy blooms as they occur and fertilize pansy beds with Green Light Pansy Food to encourage continuous blooms throughout the winter.
  • In addition to Pansies, you can add Asters, Snapdragons, Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, Mustard, Swiss Chard or Parsley to your fall and winter garden for additional color and texture.
  • Consider some special garden features to enhance your landscape. You can extend your outdoor entertaining season into the fall and winter months by installing a back yard fire pit or fireplace. You may also consider constructing a garden wall or pathway; or installing some permanent garden art or items to attract birds and wildlife. These additions will give your garden year-round appeal.
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