Jobs of the garden month November
During these weeks the garden must be prepared to better overcome the coldest months of the year. Most of the plants are ending their summer blooms, the deciduous trees have taken on the fiery colors typical of autumn, and many leaves are already falling. Despite this, the jobs of the garden month November are many to do; we can take advantage of the sunny days to clean the flowerbeds by weeds, by slightly weeding the soil; where possible we add slow release fertilizer, ideal would be organic fertilizer. The coldest shrubs, some perennial and some bulbous, must be repaired to best overcome the winter rigors: depending on the needs, we can move them to a cold greenhouse, or cover them with a non-woven fabric or with mulch material, such as dry leaves or straw.
We can intervene with pruning on trees and shrubs that can stand the cold well; we shorten the branches of the fruit trees that have already fruited (we avoid pruning the medlars: the Japanese ones are in bloom, while the European ones now have the fruits); some flowering shrubs, such as chimonanthus and camellias, already have the buds of spring flowers, it is good to leave them undisturbed, remembering the fertilization; most of the other flowering shrubs can be pruned; in particular, shrubs that tend to grow very high, losing to the vegetation in the lower part, such as buddleie and caryopteris, should be shortened to about a third of their height, this will favor the development of a denser and more compact shrub. If the weather permits, we can practice the last cuts of the turf and the last prunings to contain the hedges to give them an elegant and orderly shape.