Maintenance Calendar – November

Maintenance Calendar

Compiled by Linda Lee,
WSU Master Gardener


January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December


~ November ~

  • Spring flowering bulbs can still be set out until the rain stops you.
  • Sasanqua Camellia (Camellia sasanqua) Sasanqua camellias are one of the joys of a coastal Northwest winter. Shop nurseries for plants in bloom. Before you plant it into the garden, slip it into a decorative pot for display on the porch or patio. These camellias are especially effective espaliered against a wall under a roof overhang where pelting winter rains won’t knock the blossoms apart.
  • Place new evergreens in the garden. Set out single cloves of garlic for harvest next summer. Inchelium Red does especially well in the Northwest.
  • Seeds for hardy annuals like larkspur, candytuft, clarkia and linaria and wildflower mixes can be sown this month. Be sure to read the package for the wildflower mixes. Some contain what are now listed as noxious weeds in our area.
  • Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum maximum) Cut back mums, asters and any other perennials. Perennials that haven’t been divided should be done this month. Shasta daisies and siberian irises are a good example of perennials to divide in November.
  • Groom borders. Late in the month cut back frost downed perennials and rake up leaves and debris. Then spread a four inch layer of mulch around plants.
  • Prune trees and shrubs, unless they are frozen. Remove dead and damaged or diseased wood and any crossing branches.
  • Tend lawns. Before winter sets in rake leaves, mow, and edge. There’s still time to over seed bare spots; rough up the soil, sow seed and cover with a thin layer of soil. Water until fall rains take over.