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Things you could or should be doing in your garden in…

… November

Weather is ideal for planting trees and shrubs; planting at this time allows the roots to begin establishing before the heat, humidity and drought of summer returns. Intermittent supplemental may be needed if rainfall is lacking.

When planting new trees and shrubs, take extra time to prepare the planting site; think of creating a root zone and not just digging a hole. Proper rootball and soil preparation will pay dividends for years to come.

Rake or mulch your leaves using the lawnmower so that they will not pile up and smother the grass.

Fertilize fescue lawns at the rate of one pound of actual nitrogen per 1000sqft.

Compost, compost, compost!! Put all those falling leaves and other garden detritus to good use. If you are not putting in a winter vegetable garden, dump all your leaves here; this will be very beneficial next spring when you till your garden.

Make sure all tomato cages are clean before storing; old vines may harbor disease and insects that could infest next year’s crop.

Clean up the area around roses and discard old leaves and mulch, it may contain disease and other organisms that are over-wintering.

Last time to fertilize pansies with a liquid feed solution.

After the fall flowers have faded from mums and asters, cut them back to 3-6” tall.

Now is a good time to plant and divide herbaceous and tree-type peonies for spectacular blooms next spring. Make sure the ‘eyes’ are at soil level, as planting too deep inhibits flowering.

Blooming sasanqua camellias means now is also the time to select your perfect cultivars for planting in the garden.

Plant spring-flowering bulbs – tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and more – all month long for a glorious color display.

Store tender summer bulbs and tubers, like dahlia and caladium, in dry peat moss in a cool, dark spot, such as a basement or garage.

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