December Jobs in the Garden

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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.
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Garden Centre & Shop
Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
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Mon - Sat: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm