I was beginning to wonder why friends in California were so smug about their weather, they didn’t have it that good did they? Our summer was stellar and continued right through September.
I think our October was amazing…look at all the glorious fall colour and shirt sleeves by afternoon, fog notwithstanding. Ah yes, two weeks into November and I am drooling over vacation pictures of Florida, California and Hawaii like a swimsuit model looking at desserts.
And if your day isn’t hard enough…here is your list.
The good news that I have is if you do weed at this time…it will likely stay weeded for a nice long time. Too bad you’ll be too busy inside hibernating to notice. Try not to work the soil if it is waterlogged. You can still move around some of your hardy perennials and shrubs. I have to shuffle around my garden at this time too. You can rake and add mulch to give it a clean look once the last of the leaves have fallen. You can also trim up and tidy a bit as well. Seed heads and grasses look great with a bit of frost so if your grasses and perennials are looking reasonably interesting leave them be.
If the leaves of your trees are free from disease, you can run over them with a mulching mower if we get a dry day and add to your garden beds. You can add them to compost or bag them to act as insulation for any tender pots. Try to avoid using rose, apple, pear, and plum leaves to mulch to avoid spreading disease or fungus.
Hardy new trees can be planted at this time and smaller ones can be moved if necessary. I prefer to do pruning in January as there are fewer fungus disease organisms present. Raking is a great upper body and core workout. Play some music, stretch and think of the eggnog latte you will go and buy right after you’re done.
New hardy shrubs can be planted or older ones moved if necessary. You can think out some rose branches as needed but leave your main pruning for later winter.
Add some greens, colour and finesse them a bit. Pack your winter planters, they won’t grow much if at all over the winter so you have to make them full right away. This needn’t be at a huge expense, especially if you add some conifer branches.
The wet cool weather will keep cut branches looking very good for a long time. Cluster and protect your planters as well, you can use bagged leaves, carpet underlay covered with some artistic placement of burlap for any slightly tender plantings.
Continue to remove debris as needed. Winterize plants and equipment.
Plant in groupings. Make sure you mark area to avoid chopping your bulbs when you start to weed and shuffle plants in spring.
Lawns – rake leaves to avoid dead patches in your lawn. You can still lay turf at this time as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged but toward the end of the month it is probably best to leave until some warmer weather.
Tools and lawn mowers
Clean and winterize. Remove old gas from lawnmower clean up and if you want to get a real jump on the game you can take your blades in to get sharpened or do it yourself if you have a sharpening stone. I have a bucket of sand that I clean all of my shovels in…its handy. Clean and oil tools and leather pouches, pruning belts etc.
As scary as it is, give your sheds a once over to make sure critters haven’t moved in to escape the weather. Avoid using the blower or sweeping up clouds of dust if critter deposits are present, you don’t want to breathe that dust in!!
sign up for seed catalogues and start drawing out future patio and garden beds. A great plan makes for a great garden!!
Well, that should keep your busy and warm for a while anyway!! Cheers,