Haddenham Garden Centre, between Thame and Aylesbury
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- You can move established deciduous trees & shrubs now, providing the ground is not frozen or soggy.
- Continue to plant bare root deciduous hedging plants.
- Put rabbit guards (tree guards) around newly planted trees & shrubs.
- Check your greenhouse heater is working.
- Insulate outdoor taps.
- Prevent your garden pond from freezing.
- Prune open ground apples & pears (but not those trained against a wall).
- Prune Acers, birches & vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding. (Use seal & heal to help healing process)
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts & remaining root crops.
- Reduce watering of houseplants.
- Clear up weedy beds ready for Spring mulching.
- Ensure your tender plants are fleeced for winter protection.
- Finish your Autumn tidy–up of leaves etc from beds & borders if you haven’t done so already.
- Raise patio containers onto feet to avoid them sitting in the winter wet.
- Large pots that are at risk of cracking in the frost should be covered with bubble wrap or fleece, to insulate them over the winter months.
- Bring tender plants & tubs into your greenhouse during December.
- Continue to remove fallen leaves from your lawn.
- Re-cut lawn edges to crisp up the appearance of the garden & save work next season.
- Avoid walking on your lawn on frosty mornings as it will damage the grass.
- Remove algae from paths if they have become slippery – we recommend Patio Magic.
- Prevent premature needle drop on your Christmas tree by choosing a Nordmann Pine, these hold their needles longer. Avoid placing your tree near a heat source i.e fire, radiator. Cut trees last longer if stood in a bucket of water or a stand with a reservoir. (check it has fresh water regularly). Saw 5-7.5cm (2-3”) off the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to drink freely.
- Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap.
- Invest in a max/min thermometer to monitor the temperature in your greenhouse.
- Put mowers & hedge trimmers away for winter. Drain any fuel left in machinery.
The grotto will be open every weekend up to and including Sunday 18th December from 11am – 4pm
We have started to set up our Christmas displays, lots of lovely products out already!
- Cut back hardy geraniums & delphiniums after flowering to encourage a second flowering period and feed with Vitax Q4 after cutting.
- Dead head bedding & perennial flower borders to prolong flowering.
- Mulch borders to help retain moisture & keep weeds down, we recommend Mulch & Mix.
- Liquid feed all containerised plants, keep them well watered throughout dry spells, we recommend Q4 soluble.
- Keep an eye out for aphids, vine weevils & lily beetles (scarlet in colour) & all pests, we recommend ultimate bug killer.
- Mildew & blackspot on roses should be treated with Roseclear.
- Keep newly planted trees & shrubs well watered.
- Keep an eye out for Clematis wilt. Clematis wilt is a fungal disease that causes the leaves to wilt & have black blotches on them. The only treatment is to cut it out.
- Continue to mow your lawns except in drought conditions, during hot weather set the mower blades to a slightly higher level than normal. This will prevent the lawn from drying out.
- Use a liquid feed on your lawn, we recommend using miracle grow lawn feed.
- If you have a pond this is a great time to clear it of all the debris that may be lurking in the depths. This will improve water quality.
- Take advantage of the dry weather (if we get any) to catch up on painting & preserving jobs – sheds, fences & garden furniture are all regularly in need of a new coat. We stock a large range of Ronseal products.