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It's time to prepare now for next year's growing season

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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NOVEMBER marks the start of winter and is the time of year when any remaining colour in the garden begins to fade.

Gardeners need to start preparing for next year's growing season and it's still a good time for planting all hardy plants.

Plant tulips now as the soil will be cooler, which will help to prevent the fungal disease tulip fire

Finish planting spring flowering bulbs such as allium, crocus and narcissi

Blackberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries can be planted in well-prepared soil with plenty of compost

Sow broad beans, garlic and shallots

Bare rooted hedging, shrubs and trees can also be planted

Trim back ivy once it has finished flowering and fruiting

Hydrangeas can be pruned, but make sure you don't cut them too low or they may not produce many flowers next year

Prune gooseberry bushes and remove any growth in the centre of the bush

Established apple and pear trees can be pruned. Ensure any branches, crossing or rubbing are removed because open wounds will encourage disease

Roses should be cut back by about half to protect them from the wind

Once the frost has blackened them, cut the stems of dahlias to about 10 centimetres from the ground

Cut back those less hardy perennials such as pentstemons and fuchsias

Oriental grasses and bamboo can also be cut back

Try to keep off the lawn when it is wet or frozen as this can be damaging

Rake up fallen leaves regularly, otherwise they may encourage fungal disease and bare patches

Continue to scarify and spike the lawn to improve drainage and aeration

Apply an autumn feed and moss killer if you didn't already do this last month

Weather permitting, you can lay new turf and if you are planning to sow or lay a new lawn next spring there is still time to prepare the ground

For more information about gardening in November, call Jack's Patch Nursery & Garden Centre, Newton Road in Bishopsteignton, on 01626 776996.

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