Fall in Southern California means fewer daylight hours to garden but there is
also less to do as winter approaches.
Mulch Plants: Southern California cities average between 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain in
November. If the rains come (it may also be another dry month), add mulch
around the garden. Mulch stops mud from splashing onto plants when it rains.
Place Container Plants Next to a Fence or Building:
November evenings are cool. By moving plants near fences or walls, the plants
absorb reflected daytime heat and are protected from winter winds. Stake
in-ground young trees so they are not damaged during high winds.
Plant Cool Weather Flowers: There is still time to plant cool weather
flowers such as pansies, violas, primrose and calendula. They will bloom
through fall and winter. For a quick color infusion, buy plants that are
already in bloom such as chrysanthemums. These mums can immediately brighten a
flowerbed. Once finished blooming, cut plants to a few inches above the ground.
They will begin to grow again in spring and bloom in July.
Plant Trees: Fall
is the time to plant just about any variety of tree. Fall and winter give the
trees a good start so by spring, the trees are ready to grow. What type of tree
to plant? Evergreen trees keep their leaves all year so they are good for
privacy and wind protection. Deciduous tree lose all their leaves in winter.
Whatever tree type, before making a selection, take into account the tree's
rate of growth, root configuration, leaf type, tree shape and ultimate height
at maturity. Make sure the site you select has enough sun and the tree will get
enough water. Make sure the tree is 10 feet or more from the house and at least
5 feet away from patios and other hard surfaces. Otherwise, roots can cause
Plant Garlic and
Onion: Garlic and onion thrive in cooler weather. Plant garlic cloves
pointed side up about 1 to 3 inches deep and about 5 inches apart. Full sized onions are easy to grow and can be
planted from seed. Water well since they are shallow-rooted. Onions can be
harvested when the leaves start to turn yellow and wilt—usually in late spring.
Push the rest of the leaves over to encourage ripening. Harvest the bulbs and dry them in the sun for a few days
Plant California Native Groundcover:
an excellent time to plant California native groundcover. Flowering groundcover
includes a variety of California fuchsia
Roses: Roses flowers should keep blooming through November, however, stop
fertilizing roses now so they will go dormant in winter.
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