What to do in the Garden this November

what to do in the garden in november

It’s official, winter is coming! To help you go from one month to the next, we’ve put together a list of what to do in the garden this November.
Even though the evenings are shorter and the weather is wetter, there’s plenty to be getting on with in your garden.

Do your future self a favour by getting everything ticked off your to-do list before it’s too late!

Aerate Your Grass

This might seem like a pointless task, but if you want your grass to thrive then it’s essential. Take a gardening fork and drive it into the ground to leave holes across the grass. Wait to do this after a spell of rain, as this will make the process easier.

Why do we aerate our grass? Long story short, it helps promote growth throughout the spring and summer months and helps to fill those annoying and patchy areas of grass. Aeration helps your grass to take in essential nutrients, and even helps your bulbs and plants grow more efficiently.

Clear Fallen Leaves

Another essential task to tick off your list this month is raking up fallen leaves from the garden floor. Not only can they hide things like slugs and snails (which are dangerous for dogs if ingested), but can also be used as a compost additive.

If you have the space, you could collect fallen leaves to use on your annual bonfire! (Just make sure the leaves are dry before throwing them on the pile…).

Lift Corms and Tubers

Concentrating more on the plant side of our to-do list now – It’s last calls for lifting your Dahlia tubers, begonias, and Gladiolas corms. Store somewhere dry over the winter to stop them from dying.

Remove dead foliage before storing and place somewhere dry and warm throughout winter.

Keep Track of Your Plants

Before your plants completely die back, take a picture of where they’re located in your beds. Come spring, you’ll know exactly where they’re hiding so you don’t accidentally damage the roots when you next dig in that area.

This trick also works for when you plant your spring and summer bulbs. Take a quick snap before you cover your bulbs so you know where they are when you want to lift them before winter.

Edge the Lawn

Edging your lawn before winter makes the area look much cleaner and well-kept. It also makes maintenance easier throughout the year!

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How to be Safe on Bonfire Night

Guy Fawkes night is back again! With many of us celebrating bonfire night at home this year, here are some helpful tips and tricks for keeping you, your loved ones, and the local wildlife safe during the celebrations.

Keep Water Nearby

If you’re throwing a garden firework display this year, make sure you keep a bucket of water nearby. Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding. Never go back to a lit firework, even if it fails to go off.

Distance is Essential

When lighting fireworks, light them at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back. When watching your beautiful sparkly displays, always keep a safe distance (around 5-8 meters). Then grab a blanket, kick back and watch the fireworks show.

Wildlife Safety

If you’re making a bonfire this November, try and make your bonfires on the same day you’ll be lighting them to avoid small wildlife making their home inside them. It is important to check bonfires for any sleeping wildlife before lighting!

Also, animals are a lot more sensitive to big flashes and loud bangs than we are. So make sure to keep your pets away from the display to keep them as comfortable and calm as possible.

Be Safe With Sparklers

Though great fun for kids and adults alike, a few simple safety tips can keep sparklers fun. Always wear gloves with sparklers, preferably leather ones. Hold it at arm’s length when lit and always use in a clear space away from others. 

Now you know what precautions you need to make, here are some ideas on how to celebrate bonfire night this year:

  • Make some traditional bonfire night treats (treacle toffee cake, toffee apples, smores)
  • Play some board games indoors
  • Light some sparklers in the garden

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