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There’s no doubt that with flowers blooming and trees looking lush, November is the perfect time to be out in the garden in South Australia. As well as planting, there are lots of jobs to do. Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Hero plant this month: Turf

This month it's all about planting turf. It's cooling, great for kids to play on and adds value to your property. If you get the right one, it's low maintenance too.

A good all-rounder is Sir Walter Buffalo. It's tough, soft and good looking. Even better, it's an Aussie bred turf that works in full sun and shade. It doesn't need a lot of water and is salt tolerant.

Close up of young lettuce plant on stone steps

What else to plant

Give the garden a splash of colour with geraniums. These hardy sun lovers reward with their fabulous, brightly coloured flowers. Grow in pots, hanging baskets or in the garden.  Geraniums thrive in well-drained soil. To encourage more blooms, remove spent flowers regularly.

Salvias are also a good choice. Plant in a sunny spot in the garden or in pots too, but always use a good quality potting mix.

Put in some summer vegies this month. Cucumbers, beans, capsicum and zucchini will thrive in the warmer weather. Keep in mind that zucchini are prolific producers, so a few plants go a long way.

There's still time to put in some potatoes too. These take about 3 months to mature. Grow certified seed and plant into fertile, well-drained soil. Keep the water up to them as they start to grow.

Bunnings Team Member using hedge trimmers to cut a hedge

Maintenance

Keep hedges well maintained and trim them regularly this month so they don't get out of hand.

Give your lawn some maintenance love too. If your lawn has a dead layer, called thatch, remove it so that more oxygen can reach the roots.

Keep an eye out for watering needs of plants, especially pots. They tend to dry out quickly as the weather warms. Before turning on the sprinkler, check water regulations with your local authority.

close-up of three young Nandina Moonbay plants on some stone steps

Harvest

Everyone loves the rewards of home-grown produce, especially at harvest time. This month start picking mandarins, pear, cauliflower, spring onion and beetroot.

Our Perfect Plant Promise

Remember the Perfect Plant Promise. All our plants (except seedlings) are guaranteed for 12 months. If you're not 100 percent happy, return your plant (with the receipt or tax invoice) and we'll refund it.

Close-up of some young tomato plants on some stone steps

Start planting today

Check out the wide range of plants online or visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to find out how you can bring your garden to life.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.