November Checklist

  • Sow seeds of hardy flowers, such as calendula, larkspur and sweet pea.
  • Plant bare-root plants when they’re dormant and the air temperature is cool.
  • Rake fallen leaves from the lawn.
  • All trees and shrubs should be deeply watered before winter.
  • Stake newly planted trees to protect them from winter winds.
  • Wrap arborvitae and other upright evergreens that could be split by heavy snow.
  • Resist the temptation to pile mulch up around the trunks of your trees and shrubs. Keep the base of the plant free from mulch while keeping the area under the canopy covered with 2 – 4 inches of mulch.
  • Turn your houseplants regularly for even growth.
  • Continue to remove weeds from the garden.
  • Place all weeds, leaves and dead, annual and perennial foliage in the compost pile.
  • Dig up and store tender bulbs, corms or tubers.
  • Have you planted your spring-flowering bulbs? If not, do this before the ground freezes.
  • Continue mowing the lawn at 2 1/2 – 3 inches until the grass stops growing.
  • Turn over or rough dig your vegetable garden if soil erosion is not a problem. A cover crop of winter rye still can be planted if it’s done as early in the month as possible.
  • Place hardware cloth or plastic guards around fruit trees.
  • Pot paperwhite narcissus for forcing indoors.
  • Don’t overwater your houseplants.
  • Have your lawn mower and other power equipment serviced.
  • Clean and repair garden tools.
  • Drain and bring in all of your garden hoses.
  • Feed the birds.

Adapted from “Seeds of Hope… Harvest of Pride!” – Gardener’s Checklist, www.bright.net/~gardens/index.html