November is the
ideal time to add to your landscape and garden. The weather is not too hot and
not too cold, perfect for outdoor activity. November is also the start of the
rainy season in southern California, and with any luck, rainy weather this
month will help new plants take root.
Plant Pansies: Pansies
add quick color to any flower garden. If planted in November, flowers can last
through the winter and spring.
Avoid Overwatering: Plants and trees require less water in fall and winter as many become
dormant. If the weather remains warm, however, watering is required. Let the weather
be your guide. If your lawn sprinklers are on timers, prevent overwatering by installing
a water sensor so sprinklers automatically shut off when it rains.
Plant Ornamental Cabbage And Kale: These hardy plants can easily tolerate
cold temperatures. Leaves come in purple, red, creamy yellow and white. These
colors will deepen as the weather cools. Add cabbage and kale as landscape
accents or plant in containers. They prefer full or partial sun.
Perennials: If your perennials are bearing smaller flowers and have dead spots at
their base, it is time to divide them into smaller plants. Perennials that
should be divided in fall are those that flower in spring and summer. First, moisten
the soil around the perennials. Dig deep and remove the entire root clump. Cut
apart the individual root clumps and immediately plant them at the same depth. Each
divided clump needs leaves and a root ball. Cover the newly planted perennial
with composted soil. Dividing and
planting now will enable the roots to grow and establish during cooler months,
giving them a good start to grow and flower in spring.
Plant Strawberries: Strawberries can be planted just about
year round. Plant them now for a January harvest. Space plants one foot apart
in rich, loose soil in full sun. Water as needed.
Plant Trees Now: Fall is the ideal time to plant trees.
Our fall climate, with cool nights, mild days and moderate rainfall, gives
trees a strong start that will serve them well when growing season begins in
spring. Cooler weather is also a good time to transplant existing small trees
Scatter Wildflowers: Purchase packets of wildflowers from
your local nursery and scatter them in your flower garden when rain is in the
forecast. If the weather cooperates and some rain occurs regularly, you can
continue to scatter wildflowers after each rain so their germination and
flowering schedule is staggered in spring.
Water Seal New Wood Fencing: If you've added new wood fencing during
the summer, make sure you have applied a water seal to protect the fence from
wood rot after it rains.
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