November Gardening Tips
Avoid the spring rush and get your soil tested for next year’s garden before the ground freezes. Information can be found at the UConn Soil and Nutrient Analysis Laboratory.
Mulch garlic beds with 6-12 inches of straw or pine needles to avoid frost heaving.
Cut peonies (not the tree variety) down to 3" above the ground, clear away any summer mulch and debris but do not mulch for the winter.
Clean bird feeders and stock them with bird seed and suet. Consider providing sunflower hearts instead of whole seeds. It will provide a better source of calories for the birds and eliminates hull waste beneath the feeder. Don’t forget a clean, heated water source.
Protect roses with mulch or soil by mounding it 10-12” around the base of the plant and then adding another foot of straw when the ground has frozen.
Keep mowing the lawn as long as the grass is still growing. Do not leave fuel in the mower or other gas-powered lawn tools over the winter; run engines until the fuel is spent.
Once the ground has frozen (but before it snows), mulch fall planted perennials by placing 3-5” of pine needles, straw, chopped leaves around them.
Inspect your fruit trees. Remove any mummified remaining fruits, and rake up and dispose of old leaves.
Do not to store apples or pears with root vegetables. The fruits give off ethylene gas which speeds up the breakdown of vegetables and will cause them to develop a strange taste.
Clay and ceramic pots can crack over the winter if they fill with rain or melted snow that subsequently freezes and expands. Empty pots and place upside down under a tarp or store them in a shed or the garage.
Trim asparagus foliage to the ground after the first hard frost and mulch the beds.
Despite good cultural practices, pests and diseases at times may appear. Chemical control should be used only after all other methods have failed.
For pesticide information please call UConn Home and Garden Education Center weekdays, in Connecticut call toll free 877-486-6271. Out of state call 860-486-6271
Revised by the UConn Home and Garden Education Center 2017
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