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Mike's Mini-Garden Calendar

November

This is an important month for the fescue blue grass lawn. Fertilize your cool season lawn around Thanksgiving at about the same rate as September using a good quality slow release fertilizer. A pound of nitrogen for every one thousand square feet should do it. This fertilization will help the grass roots grow strong. Its time for your warm season lawn to take a break until spring. You may be able to install cool season sod in November if you are careful. Itís also probably too late to over seed this type of lawn with a rye grass to keep it green during the winter. Falling leaves could smother new seedlings. Your lawn still needs an inch of moisture throughout the winter.

Kill broadleaf weeds if they are still actively growing and the soil is warm enough.

Cut roses back to waist high to prevent the winter winds from damaging the roots.

November is a good time to plant and move trees and shrubs. Mulch them well for winter. Get as much of the roots when you move them. Pruning is probably not a great idea this month.

Pansies and some other perennials can be planted in November. Keep them watered but do not fertilize. Check the mulch around theses plants.

Spring flowering bulbs may be planted this month. Mix in a little fertilizer at this time. If you havenít bought them yet, find the largest and firmest available.


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