Landscape Changes to Make Now
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If you’re one of those wonderful people who likes change, then here are a few things that can be changed in the landscape this month. If you have small trees or shrubs that are in a location where they aren’t doing well because of light requirements or soil moisture and there is a better place in the yard to move them to, November is the month to do this. The tops of the plants have stopped growing and are pretty much dormant, but the root system is still growing and searching for water and nutrients. That makes this the perfect time to move plants around in the landscape.
Redoing annual beds is another change that can be made in the landscape this month. My wife doesn’t like mums, but we get one every year and they are so pretty. Then the flowers fade and it’s time to replace them with something else. She’s always glad when we can switch out the mum for pansies, dianthus or snapdragons as these plants will provide color off and on throughout the winter months. There is also ornamental cabbage, kale and swiss chard that can be used as seasonal color this time of year, if you want to try something different.
For those who are having company over for the holidays and want to shape up the shrubs around the house, mid to late November is a great time to shape those plants up for the winter. They are finished growing until spring so their shape won’t change again until then. Prune those scary shrubs from Halloween into tidy shapes for Thanksgiving and enjoy them the rest of the winter.
If you’re lucky enough to have a deciduous tree in the yard like I do, be sure to keep the leaves raked, blown or mulched up as they fall from the trees. Leaves left lying on the lawn for weeks or months can shade the lawn and create dead patches. If you’re like me and would rather mow the lawn than rake it up, pick up any sticks that might be in the yard and run the lawn mower over the yard a little higher than usual to chop the leaves up and allow them to wash down into the lawn where they can return valuable nutrients to the grass.