November: Gardening To-Do List


  • Continue overseeding fescue when ground temperatures are above 50 degrees.  Use ferti-lome New Lawn Starter 9-13-7 or Milorganite on new lawns.
  • In the first week, fertilize cool season grasses again using Marcum’s Nursery Slow Release Fertilizer 18-6-12  (40 lbs. covers 7,200 sq. feet).
  • Continue mowing cool-season lawns on a regular basis.
  • Remove leaves from cool-season grasses or mow with a mulching mower.
  • Continue to control broadleaf weeds in well established warm or cool season laws using post-emergent ferti-lome Weed Free Zone.
  • Apply  ferti-lome Fruit, Citrus and Pecan Tree Food to fruit and nut trees.
  • Apply ferti-lome Tree and Shrub Food or Marcum’s Nursery Slow Release Fertilizer 18-6-12 to trees and shrub in lawn and bed areas.
  • Plant container trees and your Ball and Burlap (B & B) trees when they go dormant.
  • Continue to plant pansies, kale and cabbage.
  • Purchase spring flowering bulbs and refrigerate or keep cool in dry spot (garage) until mid-November through December for planting when ground temps are 50 degrees F or below
  • Test soil to correct deficiencies before winter.  Soil testing may be done through the Oklahoma State Co-op Extension located at 2500 N.E. 63rd Street in OKC or you can purchase a DIY soil test kit from one of our locations.  
  • Dispose of pine cones of pines infested with Diplodia or Dothistroma.  Prune out dead tips.
  • Compost annual debris and leaves but do not compost diseased plant parts.
  • November 15 to March 15 is the best time to prune most trees and shrubs.
  • Prepare the landscape for winter by mulching.  Marcum’s carries many varieties of great mulch.
  • Scale insects can be controlled with Hi-Yield Dormant Spray.  Apply when the temperature is above 40 degrees F in late fall and winter.  Do not use “dormant oils” on evergreens.
  • Drain gasoline from power equipment or use fuel stabilizer before winter storage.
  • Drain and store water hoses and wrap hydrants.  Clean up all tools. Coat metal surface with a thin film of oil to prevent rust.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines.

For questions regarding November maintenance guidelines, please call Goldsby 405 288-2368, Oklahoma City 405 691-9100,  Norman 405 447-3100 or Ardmore 580 223-1846.