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Gardening Jobs For November

Keeping on top of jobs in your outdoor space through November will not only keep it neat and tidy but you can plant to maintain interest through this season.

Top gardening jobs this month

Lawns made easy

Step 1. Rake up fallen leaves

Rake up leaves that have fallen on the lawn as they can block out light and air and kill off healthy grass. You can then use the leaves on your compost heap.

Step 2. Sow a new lawn

New lawns from seed germinate brilliantly in autumn when the soil is warm and moist, giving roots time to establish ahead of winter. Gro-Sure Smart Seed Fast Start is great for sowing this month if soil temperatures are cold as they will still germinate even in cold weather.

Step 3. Dig over and remove weeds

Before sowing, dig soil over, remove weeds, roots and stones, firm down carefully and rake the soil level. Sow grass seed evenly at a rate of around 30g per square metre then lightly rake the soil over, so most of the seeds are covered. Water well and ensure the soil remains moist while seeds germinate and establish.

Planting & Protection

Step 1. Planting shrubs, evergreens and conifers

Shrubs, evergreens and conifers can be planted at the beginning of the month whilst the soil is warm and moist. If the weather is dry then they still need to be watered.

Step 2. Protect tender plants

Be sure to protect tender plants this month in case of frost. You could move them into large containers in a sheltered corner and cover them with horticultural fleece, or put them in your greenhouse if you have one. Keep protected plants relatively dry so that they stay dormant over the winter.

Step 3. Plant tulips and sweet peas

You can still plant tulips, and sweet peas can be sown at the beginning of November for an early display come spring next year.

Feed the birds

Step 1: Winter Bird Care

Care for garden birds all year round but particularly during winter when food is scarce

Step 2. Bird Food

Putting out high fat content bird food such as fat balls will help them through the winter.

Step 3. Keep water fresh

All birds need to drink. They also need water to help keep their feathers in good condition.

Bird baths are the easiest option. Size doesn’t matter but a shallow dish shape should be used.