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Top Tips for November!

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    Plants / Veg / Garden Care
    • Continue to plant spring-flowering bulbs.
    • Reduce watering of house plants
    • Cut back perennials that have died down
    • Move tender plants into a greenhouse
    • Prune rose to prevent wind rock
    • Plant out winter bedding
    • Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds and beds
    • Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water logging
    • Cut leaves off Christmas and Lenten rose type hellebores to make way for the flowers.
    • Unless you are leaving dead stems for structure in the garden, or as habitats for over-wintering wildlife, you can continue to cut down faded herbaceous perennials and add these to the compost heap.
    • Ornamental grasses and bamboos can be cut back and tidied up this time of the year.
    • Apply an autumn/winter mulch to protect plants
    • Dig new flower beds as the weather allows. Don't work on them when it's very wet, as walking on sodden soil can cause compaction.
    • Cacti and succulents need a period of relative dormancy over the winter: keep them barely moist, and do not feed. Christmas cacti can be managed in the same way.

    RHS November Tips/Advice

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    • Check tree ties and stakes before winter gales cause damage.
    • Rake up and destroy - do not compost - any affected leaves.
    • Be prepared for autumn/winter leaf fall
    • Insulation of containers and less hardy plants
    • Stock up on fleece
    • Prepare for first frost
    • Order seed catalogues for next year's bedding and perennials, if not already done.
    • This is a good time to clean all your old pots and seed trays, so that they are ready for next spring's flurry of activity. Thorough cleaning will reduce pest and disease problems, and will make your propagation and sowing yields much greater.
    • Check greenhouse heaters

    RHS November Tips/Advice

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    • Last chance to sow grass seed, cover newly sown areas with clear polythene to protect them
    • Rake fallen leaves off lawns before they block out light and moisture from the grass.
    • Grass will continue to grow in temperatures above 5°C (41°F), so if the weather remains mild it may be necessary to trim the lawn with a mower.
    • Mowing will help to deal with any annual weeds that have sprung up in new lawns sown earlier in the autumn.

    RHS November Tips

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25th November - 3rd December

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