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Tips and Techniques

November / December Garden Chores -

November Checklist

  • Continue to mow cool-season grasses on a regular basis.
  • Fertilize cool-season grass according to the results of a soil test.
  • Plant peonies. Dig, cut into pieces with 3-5 eyes each and replant, ensuring eyes are 1" below the soil.
  • Cut chrysanthemum stems after blooming, being careful to leave the cluster of leaves at the base intact. This foliage will survive cold temperatures and grow again in spring.
  • Cut back daylilies to 4" tall.
  • Plant or move roses, water thoroughly and mulch to protect from freezing.
  • Allow rose hips to form. Pruning may stimulate growth, which will be killed at the first freeze.
  • Clean up rose beds by raking leaves.
  • Plant or move shrubs.
  • Plant spring bulbs.
  • Mulch root vegetables with a light mulch of shredded leaves or straw.
  • Protect tender vegetables with row covers to extend production for a few more weeks.
  • Prune “bleeders” such as birch, dogwood, elm, maple and walnut

December Checklist

  • Lightly fertilize winter annuals at the beginning of the month.
  • Plant sweet peas.
  • Cut back dying top growth of perennials. Leave a crown of new foliage at the base.
  • Check for frost heaving and reset plants in soil once the ground warms and thaws.
  • Late-blooming spring bulbs can still be planted. Try to get them in the ground before mid-month.
  • Place protective cover around rosemary.
  • Harvest chives, parsley and cilantro.
  • Winterize your lawn mower.
  • Hand-pull or spot-treat winter annual weeds.
  • Continue planting shrubs.
  • Water newly planted trees and shrubs.