It may not seem it, but November can be a key time of year when it comes to garden care. Check out some of our top tips below to see what you could be doing to stay busy in the garden this month!
Now that autumn is in full swing, leaves will be falling from trees and potentially making a mess in your pond or garden. Some simple maintenance by raking up the leaves can go a long way, and in some instances you can even pile these leaves up to create a wildlife habitat for roaming creatures and insects.
With wet weather on its way and already starting in many places, waterlogging becomes a common issue for potted and container plants that are out in the open. To avoid this having a negative impact on your plants health, they need to be raised off the ground. Whether you use bricks, pot feet, or any other similar objects, the end result is the same and that is to make sure the plants are not touching the ground. This gives the water a route to slowly empty out of the container once the rain has stopped.
As well as waterlogging, frost poses a big threat to potted and container plants too. Insulating your container and potted plants is the best way to prevent frost damage, this can be done easily by simply laying bubblewrap or hessian inside your pots and containers to stop the frost from reaching the plants and soil within them.
Autumn is an important time of year for many wild bird species, as this is when they tend to emigrate. Emigration is often a very long journey so they need a regular supply of food and water along the way, you can help by installing a bird feeder in your garden to give any travelling birds a safe place to rest and eat on their journey. Not only will this keep the birds fed on their travels, but it also enhances biodiversity in your outdoor area.
Despite cold conditions you can still carry out lawn care tasks, the main one being aerating your lawn. This process enhances drainage in your lawn and reduces the effects of compaction at the same time. Aerating your lawn is a straightforward process, simply push a garden rake into your lawn and lean it back slightly to create fissures that allow air in. Repeat this process all over the lawn in a routine manner and your lawn will be successfully aerated.
If mowing your lawn in winter, be sure to cut it at a high level and not too short. If grass is cut too short in winter, it can be left weak and prone to diseases, moss and weeds growing due to the harsh conditions. Don’t cut too frequently and ensure it is left higher than normal to give it the best chance at survival and a healthy platform on which to flourish once Spring arrives.
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