November Garden Tasks: Preparing for Winter

As the brisk winds of November sweep through, your garden may seem to be winding down for the year. However, this month presents a golden opportunity to lay the groundwork for a spectacular spring garden and ensure that your outdoor space remains well-tended through the winter. From planting tulip bulbs that will burst into colourful displays to clearing away spent plants and bringing your garden furniture in from the cold, there’s a lot to do in the garden this month. In this guide, we’ll explore the essential tasks you can tackle to make the most of your garden in November, balancing both the practical requirements of the season and your dreams for a flourishing garden in the year to come.


Planting Tulip Bulbs

November is an ideal time to plant tulip bulbs for a stunning spring display. Choose a location with well-drained soil and adequate sunlight. Plant bulbs at a depth of about 3 times their height, typically 6-8 inches deep, and space them according to the bulb’s instructions. Water them in after planting.



Remove Spent Plants

As the gardening season comes to a close, remove any annuals or spent perennials that have finished flowering or are showing signs of decline. This will tidy up your garden and prevent disease or pests from overwintering.



Winter Loving Plants

Add some winter interest to your garden by planting cool-season annuals and perennials. Consider options like violas, cyclamen, ornamental kale, skimmia and winter-flowering heathers. These plants can add colour and vibrancy to your garden during the colder months.



Clean & Store Garden Furniture

Before winter weather sets in, clean and store your garden furniture to protect it from the elements. Wipe down tables, chairs, and cushions, and store them in a dry, covered area or use furniture covers to prevent damage from snow and rain.



Pruning Shrubs & Trees

Prune any shrubs or trees that may have overgrown during the growing season. Be cautious not to prune any spring-blooming plants, as they have already set their buds for next year.




Protect from Frost

Keep an eye on the weather forecast, and if frost is expected, cover delicate plants with frost cloths or burlap to protect them. Bring potted plants indoors or into a sheltered area if necessary.




Clean your Garden Tools

After a season of use, clean and sharpen your gardening tools. This includes cleaning dirt and rust off metal surfaces, oiling moving parts, and sharpening blades. Properly maintained tools will serve you well next year.



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