November Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Cindy Mayhle, Maintenance Manager for AAA Landscape

New from your Landscape Maintenance Team, each month we’ll be publishing tips for keeping your trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants healthy. They are provided by our landscaping contractor, AAA Landscape, who maintains the common areas of our community. We hope you enjoy them!


* Bermuda should be watered with one inch of water each week. Bermuda will become dormant as temperatures drop to below 50 degrees.

* Overseeding should have been done by now.

* Winter ryegrass should be mowed to 1.5 to 2 inches. Keep watering until established, and then water only about once a week.

* Yellowing of the winter lawn may occur when the cold weather sets in. An application of ammonium nitrate will bring back the dark green color.

Trees and Shrubs

* Cut back watering of all trees and shrubs, but continue to water deep. Don’t over water or fungus will grow.

* Plant three to five gallon shrubs and 10-15 gallon trees.

* Clean dead branches of trees and shrubs.

* Trim unwanted sprouts from the interior of your citrus trees. This makes it easier to harvest fruit.

* Keep the skirt of your citrus trees pruned and trimmed to about two or three feet from the ground. This permits better air flow and minimizes chances of fungus.


* Now is the time to plant seeds for beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, and turnips.

* Transplants in November include asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, and lettuce.

* When you plant any of the many varieties of leaf lettuce, you can harvest and the plant will keep growing new leaves. You don’t have to pick the whole head of lettuce.

* Plant strawberries now to get berries next spring.

* If you planted vegetables in October, thin out seedlings about three to four weeks after germination. Snip them, don’t pull them.


* Plant in full sun: petunias, calendulas, dianthus, and snapdragons.

* Plant in part sun or shade: dianthus, geraniums, impatients, and primrose.

* Keep spent rose blooms pruned.

* Plant bulbs in well-drained soil that is also high in compost or organic matter. Your bulbs should be planted with about two inches of sand beneath them. Cover with a coarse material such as peat moss or crushed wood products, such as bark. Plant amaryllis, anemone, calla and Easter Lily, Dutch crocus, daffodil, freesia, gladiolus, iris, and ranunculus. Planting in clusters, rather than in rows, makes for a nice arrangement. Bulbs should be given a good soaking immediately after planting, and every seven to ten days after growth begins.

Your Desert Garden Monthly Don’t List

* Don’t water the lawn when it’s dark.

* Don’t fertilize frost-tender plants such as bottlebrush, bougainvillea, oleander, and citrus.

* Don’t procrastinate about preparing for cold weather. Toward the end of November we can get frost, and your garden will be at risk if you don’t cover tender plants, flowers, and vegetables.

* Don’t ignore weeds. Either pull them later or use pre-emergent now.