Every region has its fall garden chores. November tasks for the Rockies and Plains region are vastly different from more temperate or warmer climates. This area’s regional to do list does include cleanup, a little bit of planting, tree care, and mulching. Make a list so you don't forget those important chores for November gardening in the northern Rockies.
Gardening in November is still in full swing, even though many of our vegetables, plants, and shrubs have stopped growing. There is the inevitable raking, still some mowing of the lawn, cutting back perennials, pulling annuals and more. Getting the garden tidied up will help prevent pest and disease issues in spring.
Making a Regional To-Do List for the Midwest
Gardeners in the Rockies may experience cold temperatures more quickly than those on the Plains, which means much of the cleanup may already be done. Even in the cold temperatures you can still continue to remove any spent plants or parts. If the soil isn't frozen, it is a good time to install new trees and shrubs, as well as spring blooming bulbs.
Tending to your stored harvest is paramount. Keep an eye on fruits and remove any that are going bad before they taint the entire stock.
If you don't experience regular precipitation, you will still need to water plants and lawns, especially pot bound plants.
Clean Up for the Rockies and Plains Region
One of the most important parts of gardening in November is cleanup. Keeping debris away from underneath your plants prevents overwintering insects and disease. Cleaning up downed fruit will help deter rodents and other critters attracted to the food. You can let leaves lie on the ground, but they are a very useful commodity. Mow them into lawns, bag them and use them as mulch around tender plants, add some to your compost pile.
Cut back perennials if you wish, but many provide seasonal interest, or the foliage helps protect the plant. For example, many ornamental grasses produce interesting inflorescences that provide texture and may be helpful in feeding wild birds in winter.
November Gardening in the Northern Rockies and Plains
- Clean up around roses but do not prune until February
- Cut back perennials and divide if you need to, replanting each piece
- Use mulch like bark or straw around sensitive plants
- Use tree guards around young trees to protect them from deer, and chicken wire around other plants that might sustain damage from rabbits and other varmints
- Keep watering as needed
- Mow as needed
- Drain irrigation systems and hoses
- Clean, sharpen and oil garden tools
- Make sure pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals are stored where they won't freeze
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Bonnie Grant is a professional landscaper with a Certification in Urban Gardening. She has been gardening and writing for 15 years. A former professional chef, she has a passion for edible landscaping.