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What to do in November

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Water is a precious commodity and increasingly expensive, so group plants with similar water requirements together. You can conserve moisture by applying mulch, which as an additive smothers the weed population.

Water your garden every 3 to 5 days, rather than daily – as this will encourage roots to grow deeper in search of moisture.

Fertilize your lawn with 2-3-2 or 3-2-1 fertilizer, water in dry weather and cut little off at a time more often to encourage a lush thick carpet.

Trees require more fertilizer than shrubs, and shrubs require more fertilizer than perennials. Always water well before and after fertilizing.

A light pruning of spring flowering shrubs can be done to shape them, once they have finished flowering.

Remove any dead flowers and leaves, from perennials and annuals, and apply a general fertilizer.

Watch your watering of container plants, watering them thoroughly and then allowing them to dry out before watering again. If your fuschias look limp check first that the cause may not be due to too much water rather than not enough!