Autumn

Paul Hervey-Brookes garden advice for November

By Paul Hervey-Brookes

This is the month to plant Tulips as they enjoy cool, moist conditions and broad beans as they are a cool weather crop so can be planted now or in the Spring.

Late Autumn is a great time to move deciduous trees and shrubs as well as planting bare root plants such as hedging, trees and roses.

Leaves will still need to be cleared from lawns, ponds and flower beds.

To prevent root rot, roses should be pruned this month and other deciduous shrubs tidied up. These can be pruned again in the Spring if necessary.

Spike lawns to improve drainage and add an autumn feed and moss killer. If the weather permits, give the lawn a last cut but use a high blade setting.

Tender plants should be protected either with straw or horticultural fleece. Containers can be protected using bubble wrap and stakes and supports on trees and shrubs can be checked.

Don’t rush to remove seed heads from flowers as they will not only self-seed but will provide food and nesting material for wildlife.
Paul Hervey-Brookes

Make sure your bird feeders and water containers are clean and full as food becomes scarce for birds.

Garlic and onion sets can be planted now and any bare patches of soil can be protected with mulch or compost to make soil easy to plant in next Spring.

It’s time to look at buying seeds for next year so now is the best time to order seed catalogues or browse the internet to see what you want to grow next year.

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Paul Hervey-Brookes

Paul had his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks & Spencers.

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