Monthly Gardening Tips

November 2020


  • Continue to monitor the mulch around your plants.
  • Cut back on watering your lawns, trees, and shrubs and reset your automatic sprinklers and drip systems as the days get shorter and cooler.
  • Deep water established trees, shrubs and garden beds.
  • New plantings will require more water the first year.
  • Regularly water houseplants. Do not let houseplants dry out.
  • Remember to continue watering your plants, even as the temperature decreases; dry plants are more easily damaged by freezing temperatures.


  • Fertilize house plants with a good water soluble fertilizer.
  • Use Sure Green Winterizer on lawns, trees and shrubs.

Yard and Garden

  • Seed warm season lawns with native grass seed mixes such as Buffalo or Blue Grama
  • Refresh or plant your container gardens with annual flowering plants.
  • Mow established lawns weekly.
  • Plant fruit trees: Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Pecan, Plum, Pear, Pomegranate.
  • Renew mulches as necessary.
  • Divide and transplant iris, peonies, and other spring blooms as they go dormant.
  • Order spring-blooming bulbs
  • Plant spring wildflowers now.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs as soon as you get them
  • Plant cool-season annuals, such as pansies and snapdragons, when the temperature begins to decrease
  • Plant any perennials, Divide and replace overcrowded perennial beds. Remember to apply a layer of organic matter to the new bed.
  • Cut back annuals when they finish flowering
  • Reseed over existing cool-season lawns.
  • Now is the ideal time to landscape with trees and shrubs.
  • Replace summer flowers with winter-hardy flowers, such as pansies, snapdragons, or dianthus.
  • Deadhead spent blooms to encourage flowering.
  • Once leaves begin to fall, be sure to remove them from your lawn; wet leaves can block sunlight and increase the chance of disease.
  • Leave the foliage on your perennials to help insulate them from the harsh winter conditions.

Insects and Diseases

  • Check for pinon needle scale and spray with malathion if you see them.
  • Keep an eye open for aphids, spider mites, etc and eliminate as necessary until the first frost.
  • Remove any vegetable plants that have stopped producing to reduce the chance of disease or insects.
  • Garlic and onions are ready when their tops start to bend over. Remove the tops after they’ve dried and store in a cool place.


  • Plant herbs such as thyme, lavender, mints and and so many more!
  • Harvest vegetables as they ripen.
  • Plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetables that will winter over.
  • Remove old vegetable plants that have stopped producing; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your garden.


  • Prune summer flowering shrubs
  • Clean and winterize ponds, waterfalls and fountains.
  • Inspect and repair drip irrigation and sprinkler systems as needed.
  • Hang a fresh chile ristra for a perfect New Mexican Autumn. Add pansies and gourds for an extra pop of color.
  • This is still the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs to give them the greatest chance to get established before the spring winds.
  • Plant your spring flowering bulbs. Use Dutch Bulb Food to give them a boost for years to come.
  • Bring in any houseplants to avoid frost.
  • Prune deciduous trees, but only for structural and safety purposes. Do not prune fruit trees until February or March.