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What to do NOW: December 10 - December 16

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Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • Plant shelter belts, hedges, and woodland areas, ideally planting small bare-root whips or transplants, which are relatively cheap to buy, establish well and are easily planted.
  • Move deciduous trees or shrubs that need more room or are simply in the wrong place. Most deciduous shrubs move successfully.
  • In exposed districts, stop planting garden evergreens.
  • Plant roses of all kinds now to ensure that root growth will be well underway before spring.

More on Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders



  • It is not too late to put in a few spring flowers in pots, especially near the front door and in time for the festive season.
  • Perennial flowers can be planted, or lifted, divided and re-planted if they have grown too big.
  • Bulbs potted up for forcing should be lifted and brought into a warm place to flower.

More on Flowers

Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers



  • Do not walk on lawn areas if they have become soggy, to avoid causing soil compaction.
  • When the weather dries out, mow the grass, as lawns not mowed in winter will be difficult to mow next spring.
  • Lawn mosskiller, such as sulphate of iron, can still be applied if there is a lot of moss present.

More on Lawns

Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Fruit trees and bushes of all kinds are available now and can be planted immediately. An excellent choice of varieties is available to choose.
  • Lift any remaining root crops and store them is a suitable shed or pit outdoors.
  • Continue to tidy the vegetable garden and make sure to clear off weeds, not letting them to grow on over winter.
  • Plant rhubarb stools in a sunny spot in good soil. Lift rhubarb for forcing in a black bag in a warm place.

More on Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Easy Care Fruit growing | Vegetables | Herbs

Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

  • Water very little to reduce the risk of grey mould disease. 
  • Make sure a greenhouse frost protection heater is working to save tender plants, such as geraniums or fuchsias, on a frosty night. A small electric heater is cheap to buy and cheap to run.
  • Remove all debris and dead plants and ventilate occasionally.

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing


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