November in the Midwestern Garden

Categories|Season: Fall
November in the Midwestern Garden

Trees are a riot of color in the early part of the month, and wildlife is dining on fruits and seeds in the yard. In Indianapolis, we’re focused on planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials; it’s one of the best planting times of the year!

What to See in the November Garden

  • Trees and shrubs have turned to their fall hues and are beginning to lose their leaves.
  • Fruits cling to the beautyberry, snowberry, and winterberry shrubs, providing food for birds.
  • Grasses have taken on their fall colors and rustle through the landscape in the November winds.
  • Frost outlines the leaves of broadleafed evergreens like holly and boxwood in early morning.

November in the Midwestern Garden


What to Do This Month

Contact Spotts Garden Service to schedule garden work for November and December.

  • Planting perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and container grown trees, as well as digging and dividing existing perennials.
  • Cleaning up the landscape for winter. We’ll start fall garden cleanup once most of the leaves come down.

While the Spotts crew slows down a bit in winter, we find January and February are ideal for certain projects. Contact us for free estimates on work suited to winter weather in your Indianapolis garden.

  • Removing invasive plants and clearing thickets.
  • Designing your new garden to be ready to plant this spring.
  • Building garden soil by amending with compost or manure. Putting these organic materials down now lets winter rains, worms, and the freeze-thaw cycle work them into the ground.

Other Tasks in the Organic Garden This Month

  • Monitor your garden for water needs. Between now and spring, water plants if we have several weeks without snow or rain.
  • Prune shrubs and trees as necessary to remove dead or damaged branches, but hold off on other pruning until late winter.
  • Mulch your root crops. You can continue to harvest carrots and beets into winter if you lay a thick layer of mulch over them; straw or chopped-up leaves work especially well.
  • Finish planting your bulbs, then pot some up for forcing. If you want amaryllis and paperwhites to bloom for Christmas, pot those up now too.
  • Keep mowing the lawn as needed at a minimum height of 3″. And keep mulching those leaves into the soil (and using them in the garden). November is also a great time for the last turf fertilizer application of the year.