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November Gardening To Do List

December gardening

Zone 1
  • Thin dense-growing trees to avoid wind damage
  • Apply mulch around plants after ground freezes
  • Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; mulch heavily or dig and store in basement or garage
  • Set up burlap screens on windward sides of choice shrubs
  • Prune deciduous trees and roses after leaves have fallen

Zone 2

  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Zone 3
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)

Zone 4

  • Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter
  • Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Buy spring-blooming bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Protect roses for winter

Zone 5

  • Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Buy winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Protect roses for winter

Zone 6

  • Start fall compost pile
  • Plant winter- and spring-flowering bulbs
  • Divide and replant crowded fall-blooming bulbs after leaves yellow
  • Buy winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Protect roses for winter

Zone 7

  • Plant ornamental trees
  • Cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter
  • Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Pre-chill tulips and hyacinths for indoor forcing
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Rake lawn to remove debris
  • Protect roses for the winter
  • Prune fall- and winter-flowering shrubs during or just after bloom
  • Prune hardy deciduous and evergreen shrubs and vines
  • Protect tender plants from frost
Zone 8
  • Lightly cover perennial, vegetable, bulb, and strawberry beds for winter
  • Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Plant or repair lawns
  • Plant ornamental grasses
  • Plant winter-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune fall- and winter-blooming shrubs and vines after bloom
  • Plant cool-season or winter vegetable seedlings
  • Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables

Zone 9

  • Plant for winter color with annuals
  • Plant winter- and spring-flowering shrubs
  • Repot cacti and succulents, if essential, once they have finished blooming
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees
  • Plant citrus
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Repair or plant lawns
  • Rake lawns to remove debris
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
  • Plant winter-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune deciduous trees
  • Prune fall- and winter-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom
  • Plant seedlings of cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Sow seeds for cool-season or winter vegetables
  • Protect tender plants from frost

Zone 10

  • Set out winter-blooming annuals
  • Plant winter- and spring-blooming bulbs
  • Repot cacti and succulents, if essential, once they have finished blooming
  • Plant bare-root fruit trees
  • Plant citrus
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Plant winter-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Plant bare-root shrubs and vines
  • Prune fall- and winter-flowering shrubs and vines just after bloom
  • Plant bare-root trees
  • Sow cool-season or winter vegetable seeds

Zone 11

  • Purchase living Christmas tree (but don't bring it indoors until a week -or less- before Christmas)
  • Plan next year's garden
  • Clean and oil garden tools
  • Drain and winterize garden mechanical equipment according to manufacturer's instructions
  • When you bring in the living Christmas tree, keep it away from heating registers
  • Keep gift plants in a cool, light place. Slit foil at bottom of pot to keep roots from drowning.

 

 


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