November

Wildlife In The Garden In November

It’s time to prepare your garden to help wildlife through the cold months. Plenty of food, water and shelter are most important. It’s easy to make winter beetle stacks, hedgehog houses, and hibernaculums for frogs!

Some seed heads of herbaceous plants can be left for birds.

Plant crocus bulbs! They are nectar-rich and will feed queen bumblebees in the spring.

If you have ivy in your garden, don’t cut it back. The flowers provide nectar, and berries will provide food later in the season.

Stock bird feeders with peanuts, seeds rich in oils, and suet balls to keep the birds fed throughout winter.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Protect tender plants from frost, harsh winds and freezing rain. Move plants into a sheltered spot, a greenhouse, or consider wrapping plants and pots (bubble wrap is ideal).
  • Do not prune plum trees now, wait until midsummer. Pruning in autumn will leave the trees susceptible to silver leaf fungus.
  • Spread fresh manure over vegetable beds and leave to rot down over winter.
  • It's time to prepare your garden to help wildlife through the cold months. Plenty of food, water and shelter are most important.
  • Set your lawn mower to a higher cutting-height for the winter months.