Trees, Shrubs and Roses
- Planting of bare-root deciduous trees, hedging and shrubs can continue during dry weather.
- Evergreens can still be planted but on an exposed site where severe witner winds might dry out the foliage, it would be best to wait until spring for planting.
- Rose bushes can be planted now, but not in wet soil.
- All kinds of pot-grown trees and shrubs can also be planted, of course.
- Check that all climbers or wall shrubs are properly tied in.
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- Before really hard frost arrives, dahlias, begonias and gladiolus growing gardens in frosty localities should be lifted to prevent damage, or covered with soil in milder areas.
- Spring bulbs should be in the ground by now but should be planted if not; tulips react less badly to later planting.
- Bedding plants for spring colour should be put in now, if not already done.
- Bulbs in pots to be forced for indoor use can be taken out of the ground and into a greenhouse or cool bright area indoors and then into a warmer place to flower.
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- If moss is obvious, lawn mosskiller can still be used. Otherwise, the moss will grow strongly until summer and will build up in thickness..
- Trim edges of a lawn, even if it not mowed to leave it looking neat over winter.
- Occasional mowing in winter is a good idea if the soil is not too wet. Grass tends to grow a little over winter and an occasional mowing will keep it right.
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Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
- This is the ideal time for planting new fruit trees and bushes as the soil is usually in ideal condition.
- Dig over vegetable ground, removing old crops, or chopping them up and burying them as you dig.
- Store vegetables that can be over-wintered in a pit or cool shed.
- Control weeds over areas of ground that will be dug over later in winter. Spread compost before digging in.
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Greenhouse and House Plants
- Remove all debris and dead plants and ventilate occasionally.
- Water very little to reduce the risk of grey mould disease.
- Set up a greenhouse frost protection heater to protect tender plants, such as geraniums or fuchsias.
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