Why not plant up a Christmas tree in a pot rather than buy a fresh one each year? You can get many years usage and enjoy the tree all year round. When the tree is too big to move, it can be a permanent feature either in a large pot or in the ground, space permitting. I’ve had mine for about fifteen years and for the last couple of years as it had grown too big, it is on the patio, outside the doors rather than inside. I still put lights on it but add fat balls and bird treats instead of baubles.
Prune shrubs, bushes and hedges.
Clean your mower and service it if necessary.
Keep paths, steps, driveways and patios clear from leaves. This is important so that the surfaces don’t become slippery, if they do you may need to treat them with a chemical to kill off the algae or moss. Prevention is better than cure so five minutes with a broom each week can save you money, harmful chemicals and give you some outdoor exercise which is good for body and mind.
Clear leaves from flowerbeds and under bushes so that slugs and snails can’t shelter beneath them.
The remains of any old plants should be composted, and leaves bagged for leaf mulch.
Prune bush roses down by half and shorten the branches on standard roses to prevent wind damage.
Rake off any leaves if the grass is dry enough to walk on.
This is the ideal time to clean the greenhouse, wash the glass and clear out any dead plants and leaves.
Greenhouses can be kept warmer using a greenhouse fan heater, bubble film or polystyrene.
Provide wildlife with a safe winter haven. Historically we have thought of all bugs as pests but pollinating insects are in rapid decline. Put up bug houses, pile up a mini log pile and leave some dead leaves on foliage. Feed birds regularly if you are able and leave out water for them in a birdbath, accessible pond or bowl. If cats are an issue, make sure you feed up out of their reach or remove their hiding places.
Check our November Gardening Guide to see that you haven’t missed any important jobs.