What To Do in the Garden in November

The trees and plants have begun dying back for the colder temperatures, winter is definitely on the way. The last of the autumn bright displays will be on show, with leaves soon falling exposing the bare branches of our deciduous trees. 

The cold temperatures and frequent early morning frosts means the focus in the garden is around protecting plants from the cold winds, rain and frosts. Food supplies will need to be topped up for local wildlife and less hardy plants will need to be moved into the greenhouse for overwintering. Take a look at the things to do in the garden during November. 


What To Do in the Garden in November

Plants and Flowers:

  • Roses should be protected from the wind by pruning the plant to half their normal height (particularly for climbing varieties) and supported with canes. This helps to reduce the amount of the plant swaying in the wind, stopping the roots from becoming loose and affecting the plant.
  • Plant Tulip bulbs and other spring varieties. These should be planted at least three times the depth of the bulb and avoid areas which become waterlogged. 
  • If you would like to continue having colour throughout the winter months garden centres will now be stocking winter flowering varieties including Winter Pansies (Viola hiemalis) and Primroses (Primula vulgaris). These can be planted in pathways, hanging baskets and window boxes.


Lawn Care:

  • Finish aerating the lawn before the ground becomes too hard. Continue to use your garden fork to add holes and break up waterlogged areas. 
  •  As the remaining leaves fall, continue to clear them in a timely manner to keep your lawn healthy. This ensures the grass gets the maximum amount of light despite reducing daylight hours. 
  • If you are thinking of edging your lawn for easier maintenance next year this should be implemented now as the growth begins to slow. 
  • Avoid walking on the lawn on frosty mornings as this can damage the grass and leave brown patches in the spring.


What To Do in the Garden in November

In the fruit and vegetable patch:

  • Begin lifting your parsnips after the first frost as their flavour will have sweetened and will have become a perfect accompaniment to your sunday roasts. 
  • If you don’t already, place a wooden plank over the main access route onto the plot soil, which will help to prevent the soil from compacting as you walk across it and keep it in a better condition for next year. 
  • Plant bare root raspberries and currants now so they can begin anchoring before the hard frosts and snows begin to fall. 
  • Prune apple and pear trees anytime between now and February and remove top netting from fruit to stop heavy snow making the trees sag under the weight.


Pests and Weeds:

  • Remove fallen rose leaves that may have been affected by black spots to stop the disease from overwintering and affecting next year’s plant. 
  • Continue removing any of the last remaining autumn weeds when the soil is damp as this makes removing the entirety of the weeds a lot easier and reduces the number of unwanted plants that overwinter and begin flowering in the spring.


What To Do in the Garden in November

Watering Tips:

  • Watering will be reduced from the summer, with the most beneficial watering taking place during midday so that the soil can absorb the water before temperatures drop and freeze again during the night. Depending on the temperatures, watering may only need to take place a couple of times a month. 
  • Make sure that any plants in greenhouses are not not forgotten about, however try not to over water making a damp atmosphere.



  • Begin planning and thinking about what you would like to plant in the summer next year. Although it may seem a long way off, the weeks will go quickly and summer plants will begin appearing instore as early as spring. 
  • Now is the time to also begin thinking about garden tool maintenance as they are used less each month. Sharpen secateurs and clean garden forks and spades, and make note if there is anything you need to replace. 


Something for the little ones:

Why not get your little ones involved in helping clear up fallen leaves? They’ll enjoy playing with and jumping in leaf piles. Remember to check any leaf piles that have been left for wildlife such as hedgehogs before jumping in!

Also, collecting pinecone and conkers for autumnal decorations and handmade wreaths is also a good way to make clearing the garden fun, and creating an activity that you can enjoy doing together.


Throughout November any tools and plants that you may need to tend to your garden you will be able to find at Holt Garden Centre. Take a look through our seasonal and Christmas products and warm your hands with a hot chocolate and Sunday roast from the Garden Terrace Café, or simply pop in to speak to our staff members about growing advice, we are always happy to help.


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