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November Lawn & Garden Tips

In the Garden

  • Plant Color that Lasts Fall, Winter & Spring. Plant Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis). It's an evergreen perennial that blooms fall, winter or early spring and comes in an array of colors.
  • Fertilize Pansy Beds with Dr. Earth Annual Bloom Flower Garden organic fertilizer.
  • Plant Camellias The jewels of the winter garden. Try Yuletide, Apple Blossom and Setsugekka for beautiful blooms.
  • Plant trees and shrubs. Fall planting season runs from mid-September until mid-December in the southeast.
  • Chopping Time: Cut back faded perennials for the winter. Feel free to leave a few seed heads (like Echinacea) for the birds to enjoy.
  • Apply Lime: If you have not already done so this year, have a soil test performed to see if you need to apply lime to your yard. As a general rule, soil east of the Mississippi tends to be acidic. Soil west of the Mississippi tends to be alkaline. If your soil test indicates that your soil is in the acidic pH range, apply lime at the rate of 40 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  • Start Decorating with garland, trees, light, and wreaths.

In the House

  • Time for Bulb Forcing: Around mid-November, plant paperwhite or amaryllis bulbs. Buy the bulbs alone or as a kit and plant now to have blooms to enjoy at Christmas.
  • Poinsettias for the Holidays. Poinsettias will arrive in mid-November.

For the Lawn

  • Keep It Green. For a green lawn all winter, overseed Bermuda or Zoysia lawns with annual Ryegrass now.
  • Fertilize your Fescue lawn with Pike Atlanta Turf Special six to eight weeks after planting seed. Be sure to water.

For the Birds

  • Put up Suet Feeders. Suet provides birds with high energy; just what they need in the winter months.
  • Share Your Thanksgiving Feast. Place fresh cranberries and unsalted nuts in an open feeder as a special Thanksgiving treat.
  • Enjoy Birds with Your Coffee. Make sure there is at least one feeder visible from where you have your morning coffee.
  • Put Up the Feeders. Bird feeders bring lots of color and activity to the winter garden. Most experts recommend black oil sunflower seed for general feeding.