November Garden Calendar
- Apply Ferti-lome Winterizer to newly planted cool-season lawns 30 days after planting. Mow newly planted cool-season lawns to 2″-2.5″ after it reaches 3″ tall.
- Spray established cool-season lawns with Ferti-lome Weed Out to control fall-germinating broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, henbit, and chickweed. Although you may not see them until spring, fall is when they are still small and easy to kill.
- To prevent freeze damage, contact Tree Top to have your irrigation system winterized.
- Plant spring bulbs up to the time the ground freezes. Use bone meal or bulb food when planting.
- To attract birds throughout the winter, provide birdseed and keep ice-free water in your birdbath by using a birdbath heater.
Tree and Shrub
- Fertilize trees and shrubs with Ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Food in October or November.
- Spray broadleaf evergreens such as holly, boxwood, euonymus, and azaleas with Bonide Wilt Stop to help keep them green during the winter. Apply when the temperature is above 40 degrees.
- Transplanting trees and shrubs should be done after the plant is dormant. Preserve as much of the root system as possible, be careful not to dislodge the soil from the roots. Water thoroughly.
- Wrap the trunks of newly planted maples during the winter months to prevent sunscald. Sun-scald occurs in the winter when the sun heats the bark on the southwest side of a tree; the tissue breaks dormancy, then when the sun goes down, the bark freezes again, causing tissue damage. In the spring, you will notice dead, hollow areas underneath the bark.
- Give plants a thorough watering in the fall, so the soil is moist when it freezes. Mulching the ground around plants reduces soil freezing and makes it easier for roots to continue functioning in cold weather. Also, if it is a dry season, soak all plants and trees before hard freezes.