November Planting & Clean-Up Tips

November 7, 2016

November Planting & Clean-Up Tips

Although the temps seem more like September or October, it’s November in Minnesota. We know the weather can turn on a dime, so take time now to get your lawn and landscape ready for winter. Here are a few fall planting and clean-up tips:


Plant Trees & Shrubs:

There’s still time to plant trees and shrubs in November, because the roots can grow in soil as cold as 40 degrees. Roots will have ample time to establish because soil remains warm long after the air temperatures drop.

Check out this handy guide, or contact us with questions about planting trees & shrubs. For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension Service website.

Inspect Existing Plants:

Before winter weather hits, take a little time to inspect your outdoor landscape for potential problems. Look for potential safety hazards, signs of pest and disease or plants that may need some extra watering before freezing temps settle in.


Remove Dead Foliage…or Not:

It can be confusing to know whether or not you should remove dead foliage at the end of the season.  There aren’t any hard and fast rules, but here are a few guidelines:


Perennials like coneflowers (Echinacea) and black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) provide seeds for birds in the winter and provide winter interest in your landscape, so it’s o.k. to leave them alone. Stonecrop (Sedum) looks great throughout the winter, so no reason to cut it back, either.

Hostas, a popular Minnesota perennial, can be cut back in the fall unless you enjoy the leaves for winter interest. If you decide to keep them in place, trim with a clean pair of shears in the spring to allow new foliage.


Wondering what your tree will look like next fall? Here’s a handy leaf color guide.

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