Are you looking to get your landscape ready for the winter?

Are you wondering if you can still plant for spring in November?

The preparation that you do this month in your garden will have a direct effect on your spring garden. That is why the month of November is typically full of planting, clean ups and making sure your yard is ready to go before the freezing temperatures and snow of winter hits. If you are looking to create the perfect spring oasis in your garden, this article is for you.

We have gathered the top 10 gardening to-dos for this month in the Northville and Novi, Michigan areas. Here you will find the answers to your gardening questions on what to do in November.

Top 10 Gardening To-Dos for the Month of November


  1. While it may seem like this month you can stop watering, Organic Gardening recommends continuing to water your newly planted trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.


  1. As long as the ground is workable, you can still plant spring flowering bulbs. HGTV has a list of spring flowering bulbs you can choose from like grape hyacinth, tulips, daffodils and scilla.
  1. The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends to plant trees and shrubs this month. Planting trees and shrubs in the fall is the best time of the year to plant them. This is because it allows their roots to grow and become established before spring when the above ground growth begins.

Fall Clean Up

  1. Bring in garden hoses, drain them and turn off all exterior faucets.
  1. To help prevent garden pests next spring, make sure to till the soil in your garden this month.
  1. Remove all the dead and diseased plants from your garden and flower beds.
  1. Take some time to walk around your yard and look for any weak branches on your trees and shrubs. You will know they are weak by asking yourself if they can handle the snow that is sure to be on its way. If not, remove the branches.
  1. After raking up all the fallen leaves in your yard, mulch them and use the mulched leaves as economical free mulch for your trees, shrubs, and flower beds.
  1. When it comes to your perennials, Better Homes and Gardens recommends cutting them back this month.
  1.  Clean all your gardening tools like shovels, pruners, and spades. Take some time to sharpen the blades and clean them off with an oiled cloth.

Bonus Tip

Buy a live Christmas tree and transplant it into your yard after the holidays.  To help with the transplanting, make sure to dig the hole before the ground freezes this month.


Make sure to prepare your yard for next spring especially if you are thinking about putting your home on the market. The November to-do gardening tips listed above will help you on your way.  The curb appeal of your home is a buyer’s first impression and your yard will be one of the first things potential buyers will see.

Are you looking for more ways to prepare your home to sell? Please check out the article, 7 Way to Update Your Kitchen for Under $1,000.

Take Away

When you are ready to put your home on the market, please give our office a call. We will be honored to show you what the Jamey Kramer Group can do to effectively and more importantly, successfully market your home.