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What to do NOW: December 17 - December 23

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Tree

Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • Check on young trees to ensure that they are not developing bad forking habits and remove one side of a fork if necessary. It is easy to see these problems now that the leaves are gone.
  • Prune the lower branches off garden trees, though not cherries, to allow light to reach lower plants.
  • Delay tree planting if the ground is very wet because the ground drainage can be affected in the root zone and this can lead to heavy losses.
  • Roses can be pruned at any time, and new bushes or climbers planted too.

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Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders

Flowers

Flowers

  • Put out a few pansies or winter cyclamen for a bit of colour in containers or use some evergreen plants to give life to the garden close to the house entrance.
  • Division and re-planting of perennials can be carried out in reasonably dry weather, not too frosty as many flowers react very badly to being moved into cold, wet ground.
  • If the tops of perennial flowers have become too damaged by the weather, they should be taken off and composted. 

 

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Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers

Lawn

Lawn

  • Ground can be very wet and a lawn can only be mowed if the soil is firm.
  • Lawn moss can be treated with sulphate of iron in settled weather.
  • The edges to beds and borders should be trimmed if there is a chance to freshen the look of the garden.

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Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Overgrown herb plants can be cut back or divided and re-planted.
  • Fruit tree pruning can be carried out, except on plums and cherries.
  • Fruit trees and bushes can be planted at any time if the soil is not too wet.
  • Compost heaps can be dug out and the compost spread on vegetable ground or for digging in.

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 and ventilate a little on a dry sunny day.
  • Keep tender plants off the ground on a bench and give them good light.
  • Wash down the glass or polythene to increase light transmission and this improves plant health.

 

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing

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