Garden Tips: Early November chores for the garden – The Mercury News
It’s beginning to feel a little more like fall, and while the holidays are bearing down on us, the burdens of the garden are easing up. Here are somethings you should consider doing this week.
- Prepare for cold weather by draining irrigation lines. If you have frost sensitive plants that can’t be moved, build frames that can easily be put in place when the really cold weather gets here.
- Mow lawns and add a thin layer of compost. If you’re considering replacing your lawn, now is a good time to do it.
- Rake leaves and add to your compost pile, or leave them in place as a mulch. They’ll slowly break down, feeding the soil.
- Action in your compost piles will start slowing down as the cooler weather seeps in. Help keep the decomposition going by covering the piles to keep them warm and to minimize leaching.
- Remove winter weeds before they get out of hand. You’ll thank us later. Mulching areas will help keep the weed population down, too.
- Trap or bait for snails and slugs.
- Check your garden for empty pots and other containers that can hold water and provide a habitat for mosquitoes.
- It’s time to give up on your summer vegetable garden, if you haven’t already. Remove all spent plant material and chop it into bits for your compost pile, or leave it in place to slowly decompose, helping to prepare the beds for next spring.
- If you haven’t already put in a winter garden, there’s still a little time for some of the plants. Otherwise, plant a cover crop of legumes or grains — or both — to feed your soil and prevent damage from the winter rains.
- Once the leaves are off your peach and nectarine trees, spray for peach leaf curl.
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