With shorter fall
days, it can be a challenge to find time to complete all that needs to be done in
the garden before winter.
Add Mulch Around Trees: Spread several inches of organic mulch around
trees to the tree's drip line (the outermost circumference around a tree's
branches). Leave at least three or four inches of exposed soil around the trunk
base. Doing so helps the soil around the tree retain water while exposing the
trunk to warm fall sun.
Plant Strawberries: Prepare the ground by mixing organic
amendments into the soil. Space plants about one foot apart in a sunny
location. The soil should always be loose and rich in nutrients. Strawberries
will appear in spring.
Prune Mature Trees; Stake Young Trees: The expected El Nino could bring not
only heavy rains but strong winds. Open and thin dense trees so the wind can
pass through and be sure young trees are well staked so they hold up in extreme
Use Rain Barrels: Collect rainwater in rain barrels and
use the water in your garden during dry spells. Some cities offer free rain
barrels as part of their water conservation efforts. Rain barrels are also sold
online and at home improvement stores. Keep them covered so they do not attract
Divide spring-blooming perennials such as Shasta and seaside daisies, blanket
flowers, bugleweed and arum. They will have plenty of time to establish themselves
before flowering in spring.
Cool Weather Annuals: Plant blooming
fall annuals such as pansies, violas, primrose and calendula for quick color.
Flowers should last well into spring. Perennials including chrysanthemums, nemesia,
godetia and schizanthus are also available now in bloom. Chrysanthemums flowers
can last as long as two months. Once the blooms begin to fade, cut the plant
back so it is only two inches above the ground. With only little care, they
will begin to grow again in spring and bloom in July.
Container Plants Next To A Wall: Container plants should be moved next to a
wall or fence to absorb reflected daytime heat, stay warmer in cooler nighttime
temperatures and be protected from wind.
Add Tree and Shrubs: Cooler
weather and a good chance of rain make November an ideal time to plant almost
any type of tree, shrub or groundcover. Drought-resistant groundcover includes
lantana, verbenas and succulents such as varieties of ice plant and sedums. California native plants that thrive
when planted now include California Lilac, California Holly, California Tree
Mallow and Manzanita.
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