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The leaves are falling and the days of wind and rain are gaining in number. As well as wrapping yourself up warm – your garden needs plenty of TLC in November as you put it to bed for the Winter and plan ahead for next year.

  • Berried plants such as Skimmia, Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion, Gaultheria and Solanum (Christmas Cherry) are perfect for those winter pots that need replacing.
  • Repot tender perennials from summer displays to allow you to bring them under cover to protect from the harsh winter weather.
  • Brighten up your front door and windows with cheerful winter containers. Apart from the usual violas, pansies, primulas and polyanthus, consider using shrubs such as skimmia, euonymus or box and also evergreen perennials, grasses and sedges such as heuchera, Stipa tenuissima and festuca for structure 
  • Stake top-heavy brassicas and draw up some soil around the base of the stem to prevent wind rocking the plant and causing damage to the roots 
Fruit & Veg
  • Tidy up your strawberry beds by removing unwanted runners, old leaves and developing weeds.
  • Prune pear and apple trees anytime between now and February.
Around the Garden
  • Empty any of your pots that are not frost-proof and move them under cover to protect them from the winter weather.
  • Bare-rooted trees, shrubs, hedging and roses as well as fruit trees and bushes can all be planted now. All bare rooted plants should be planted in the dormant season between November and March. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for an hour first and protect against frost and wind if exposed.  
  • Wrap your outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing over winter.
  • Avoid walking on frost covered grass.
  • Regularly wash and disinfect any bird baths and feeders
  • Clean up fallen leaves - especially from lawns and beds
  • If you haven't already aerated your lawn, there's still time to do it before winter sets in. You can use either a lawn aerator or simply insert a garden fork at regular intervals and lean it back slightly to let air in.