Seasonal Tips for November

  • Plant tulip bulbs in November for spring colour.
 
  • Wrap outdoor containers with bubble wrap to prevent frost damage to pots and roots. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging.
 
  • Apply grease bands as soon as possible to stop winter moth damage to fruit trees.
 
  • Put out bird food now for winter feeding.
 
  • Now is the last chance to plant out winter bedding such as wallflowers and winter pansies.
 
  • Cut down faded herbaceous perennials for the compost heap (Leave Penstemons until spring to aid over-wintering). Divide overgrown clumps of herbaceous perennials.
 
  • Apply an autumn mulch to protect less hardy perennials such as Agapanthus, Kniphofia and Phygelius. (Kniphofia leaves can be tied up to protect the crowns).
 
  • Weed killers are still effective if mild, so you can still spray to clear fresh weeds ready for winter.
 
  • Pot up Amaryllis bulbs in time to produce festive colour – we have a wide range now available.
 
  • Fit greenhouse insulation to reduce the risk of frost in the greenhouse.