January’s Gardening Jobs

January’s Gardening Jobs

January Gardening Jobs

If you are itching to get out there, but cant see the soil for the snow, take time now to sit down & plan ahead. At this time of year, you may only be able to venture into your garden to clear the snow, but there are lots of jobs we should be doing in our gardens to keep them in good condition.

January Gardening Jobs

With Christmas all over, turn your used Christmas trees in to valuable mulch for you garden. If you’ve got a shredder you can do this yourself, or alternatively you can take your tree to your local recycling centre.

January Gardening Jobs

If the ground is not frozen or water logged, you can get out and start to consider planting. Bare root plants are perfect for planting at this time of year, and you can plant them at a fraction of the cost compared to potted equivalents.

January Gardening Jobs

If bad weather does hit and snow falls on to your garden, protect your plants by brushing the snowfall off the branches that are suffering with its weight. Heavy snow will damage or bend branches, ruining the shape you’ve spent all spring & summer cultivating.

January Gardening Jobs

It’s at this time of year that your gardens bird & wildlife really struggle to find food. Regularly replenish your bird feeders & bird baths to provide a source of food.

February’s Gardening Jobs

February’s Gardening Jobs

February Gardening Jobs

Deadhead and prune any of your winter flowering shrubs and hardier plants, such as Wisteria, Roses, Clematis, Grape Vines, Winter-flowering Pansies and evergreen hedges. Finish winter pruning fruit trees and soft fruits such as Apples, Pears, Currants and Gooseberries. If you have any old Yew or Holly hedges in need of a trim then the end of February is the time.

February Gardening Jobs

Divide any of your congested perennials to encourage healthy growth and start lifting any faded snowdrops replanting spaced further apart to ensure a less congested display next year. On warm days, show your flower beds that you care by giving them a good hoe, removing weeds and breaking up the soils surface ready for planting.

February Gardening Jobs

Potted shrubs can suffer in the freezing weather so if you haven’t done so already move them into a greenhouse or provide them with a bit of shelter from the harshest conditions.

February Gardening Jobs

Once the ground has warmed up a little give your plants a good mulch. Ensure the ground is weed free first otherwise you’ll be creating the perfect weed-growing environment.

February Gardening Jobs

Decide on the seeds you wish to sow annually such as pansies, viola and impatiens. If you have any plants which you would like root cuttings of then now is the time. Take cuttings from young, thick roots and pot them up with the lower end facing down.

February Gardening Jobs

Although it may be cold outside, now is the perfect time to plant that hedge you’ve always wanted. Bare root hedges can be planted as long as the ground isn’t frozen, as can Rhododendrons, Conifers, Roses and a wide range of shrubs and trees.

February Gardening Jobs

If you have a pond then clear out any fallen leaves or twigs. Remove any fountains or pumps and give them a good clean. Placing a thin net over the pond will not only reduce the amount of garden debris which falls in the pond but will also help deter any birds or next doors curious cat from stealing your fish!

February Gardening Jobs

February is the time to prepare your veg patch ready for early sowing. Use cloches to warm the soil in preparation for veg such as broad beans, carrots, hardy peas and parsnips. Remember, if snow hits this year, brush it off your trees, shrubs and other plants as much as you can to prevent branches getting damaged.

March’s Gardening Jobs

March’s Gardening Jobs

March Gardening Jobs

Plant any new trees, hedging, shrubs, roses or climbers in early spring. We have a wide range of bare root still available until the end of March.

March Gardening Jobs

Give your lawn a good rake over to remove any winter debris, neaten and trim the edges, then give it a mow, be careful not to cut it too low. You can also repair any patches which are looking bare, either with new turf, or by re-seeding.

March Gardening Jobs

Many spring bulbs will be emerging this month, so show them a little TLC by removing any faded flower heads and remember to keep any which are in pots well watered.

March Gardening Jobs

The early varieties of potatoes can be planted in early March, with the later ones being ready towards the end of the month. Remember, potatoes grow best in a rich, fertile soil with plenty of sun. Onion sets can also be started, and in mild areas you can sow peas, broad beans, parsnips and carrots. In your greenhouse, you can also start sowing cucumbers, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers.

March Gardening Jobs

You can start putting your pond fountains back into place now and remove the heaters ready for the warmer weather. You can also clean out any bird houses you have and give the bird tables a good clean, ready for when the wildlife returns to your garden.

March Gardening Jobs

Your rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris and camellias could do with a good feed in March with ericaceous plant food, and your flower beds, shrubs and roses will appreciate a good sprinkle of fertilizer. Replenish any gravel and grit mulches that you have around your plants and place slug barriers around your tender plants to protect them.

March Gardening Jobs

Prepare any of your greenhouse plants for the outside by acclimatising them in a cold frame, prior to planting them out. This will prevent them for getting such a shock when they experience the cold weather.

March is a good time to start to prune your roses if you haven’t already done so. Cut off any damaged, diseased or dead stems, and after pruning, all roses benefit from a high quality fertiliser or organic compost. If you see any black spot, treat at first sight.

April’s Gardening Jobs

April’s Gardening Jobs

April Gardening Jobs

Show the weeds in your garden who’s boss! Get on top of perennial weeds now to save you a lot of time in future months. Once under control, apply a layer of mulch that will help to keep weeds at bay or preferably add groundcover plants such as Ajuga reptans, Hostas, Geraniums and Stachys byzantine.

April Gardening Jobs

April is the time to pay your vegetable patch some attention. Add in some well rotted manure to give it a boost and begin planting early potatoes, onion sets, asparagus, rhubarb, peas, brussels sprouts, leeks, cauliflower, cabbage and carrots. If in doubt, you can plant them under cloches for added protection. Salad crops can be left until later in April.

April Gardening Jobs

Frost damage to your lawn can now be repaired, either re-sow with seed or lay new turf. Once done, fertilise to promote new growth in the coming year. When the weather starts to warm up, you can start to mow your lawn on a regular basis and treat it for any moss that may have appeared.

April Gardening Jobs

Once finished flowering, its time to prune and trim any Spiraea, Buddleja, Cornus, Potentilla, Mahonia, Forsythia or winter-flowering heathers that you have. Any faded hyacinth heads can also be removed, as can spring bulbs such as Daffodils.

April Gardening Jobs

Start planning what perennials you want in your garden, plant out in groups for maximum effect. Hardy annual flowers can also be sown directly into the beds, as can sunflower seeds. Gaps in flower beds can easily be filled with primulas. Give Azaleas and other acid-loving shrubs a good feed with ericaceous fertiliser.

April Gardening Jobs

Climbing and rambling roses will need supporting and tying, to help their emerging shoots, same applies to any emerging clematis shoots. Tall growing plants such as Oriental Poppies, Aconitum, Peonies, Foxglove, Delphiniums and Lupins will need staking to prevent them being blown down in the winds.

April Gardening Jobs

Start dividing some of the plants in your garden if they are starting to get a bit too big, such as Bamboos, Waterlilies, Hostas, Snowdrops and Hemerocallis.

April Gardening Jobs

To ensure longer-stemmed flowers in the summer, prune back your rose stems to around 1/3rd their size. This is also a great time to be giving them, and any other shrubs in your garden, a good feed of slow-release fertiliser, such as fish, blood and bone. Keep an eye out for any signs of disease or pests, such as black spot or aphids.

April Gardening Jobs

Don’t forget about the wildlife that come to visit your garden. Bird baths, bird houses and bat boxes can be cleaned out and topped up with water – as long as there are no residents! Birds and other wildlife are still relying on your help for food, don’t forget to keep nuts, seeds and treats topped up. Pond pumps and filters can now be replaced.

April Gardening Jobs

In the greenhouse, open doors and vents on warm days to improve ventilation. Hang traps for any flying pests in your greenhouse, such as whitefly. Herbs can be sown into pots or trays in the greenhouse or a sunny windowsill, ready for the warmer months. We have a wide range of herbs available, many at reduced prices. Patio pots and hanging baskets can also be prepared with summer bedding, ready to cheer up any outside space.

May’s Gardening Jobs

May’s Gardening Jobs

May Gardening Jobs

Temperatures are starting to rise but there can still be frosts in some areas. Keep an eye on your local weather forecasts, and remember to protect any plants which need help such as hanging baskets and early blossoms on fruit trees and fruit bushes.

May Gardening Jobs

Your lawn should be starting to flourish by now, time to get the mower out. Depending on your lawn, you may need to start mowing on a weekly basis. Ideally lawn should be rolled before cutting to iron out any winter frost heave and checked for stone etc that could damage the mower blades and become a missile. The first cut should always be a light top trim. Then trim the edges with a half moon edging tool to keep a neat appearance. Lawn weed and feed can be applied to bring the lawn to condition.

May Gardening Jobs

Weeds which have sprouted through your paths, drives or paving can be tackled with a weedkiller designed especially for that purpose. Perennial weeds such as dandelions will re-grow from the roots if you only remove the leaves. The best way to remove them is to dig out the roots or spray with a weedkiller containing glyphosate.

May Gardening Jobs

Prepare to plant out greenhouse tomatoes by hardening them off gradually ready for going outside when the risk of frosts have passed. If you are opting to keep them in, make sure to tie them in and feed them regularly and air the glasshouse on warm days. Cucumber, Squash or Courgette seedlings can also go outside towards the end of the month. Make sure the soil is warm and dry before you plant them out though.

May Gardening Jobs

With fresh growth soon appearing on any climbers in your garden, now is the time to provide them with support such as trellis or wire. Tie in climbing and rambling roses such that their stems are nearly horizontal. This will encourage the rose to throw out side shoots which will produce more blooms.

May Gardening Jobs

It’s official. Salad season is upon us! Start off May by sowing Beetroot, Lettuce, Watercress, Rocket, Celery and any other salad leaves. Make sure you sow them every few weeks, thus ensuring a constant supply throughout the summer. Remember to water them on a regular basis and if space is limited, Chillies and Sweet Peppers are ideal for growing in containers. As May progresses, you can plant more seeds such as Parsley, Chives, Endive and Radishes.

May Gardening Jobs

Agapanthus, Hemerocallis, Primulas and Water Lilies can be safely divided now ready for new growth. Container grown roses and shrubs can also be safely planted out once the frosts have passed. Spring-flowering shrubs such as Forsythia, Ribes, Pyracantha and Chaenomeles need to be pruned once they have finished flowering.

May Gardening Jobs

Early Strawberry plants should be flowering now. Remove any unwanted runners to keep the parent plants growing strong. New shoots on any soft-fruit bushes such as Blackberry need to be tied in and caned for support and cover any soft-fruits in netting to prevent any wildlife pilfering your crops.

June’s Gardening Jobs

June’s Gardening Jobs

June Gardening Jobs

Early-flowering perennials such as poppies and forget-me-nots will have already flowered. Cutting them back hard after flowering will result in a second wave of foliage and in some cases and second summer flush of flowers. If dry, water immediately after pruning.

June Gardening Jobs

Strawberries and other soft fruits in your garden are going to need a helping hand in June. Strawberries benefit from having a bed of straw to help them ripen, or gardening fleece used as a cushion has the same effect. Remember to also start netting your developing soft fruits to prevent the wildlife in your garden pilfering too many of your berries.

June Gardening Jobs

Any of your tomatoes which haven’t yet been planted outside can now safely be put outside. Pinch out any side shoots to encourage a better crop and tie loosely to a garden cane for extra support. Many salad veggies are now ready to be harvested such as lettuce, radish and any early potato varieties you may have.

June Gardening Jobs

The extra sunlight in June is great for your plants, but weeds will also be thriving too. Keep on top of your weeding by splitting your garden into sections and tackling them one at a time. This will prevent any areas being forgotten, and help you to keep on top of it.

June Gardening Jobs

As the weather continues to improve, your lawns will need mowing once a week. In periods of dry weather be sure not to cut it too closely so it can cope with the drought better and retain more moisture.

June Gardening Jobs

It goes without saying, but during the warmer months it is essential to keep on top of your plants water needs. Water in the evenings once the sun has started to go down to prevent your plants from getting scorched and to reduce water evaporation. The best method for watering your garden is to use a hose attached to a water butt. If you don’t have this system in place, then heed any advice given for drought-affected areas.

June Gardening Jobs

Pinch out any shoot tips on your summer bedding to encourage a more bushy growth habit. This will provide you with better coverage and also a better show of flowers. Early vegetable sowings will also need thinning out to provide the stronger shoots with more space to grow. Most fruit trees will naturally ‘thin’ their crops in June, but its always good to check on them too. Apples should be one fruit per cluster, pears two fruits per cluster, plums 5-8cm apart, peaches 20-25cm apart and nectarines 15cm apart.

June Gardening Jobs

If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to get your hanging baskets planted up and hung outside in their full glory and to also choose your summer bedding plants. We have a huge range of summer bedding plants for sale in our Garden Centre, and we also offer a bespoke hanging basket service if you want a little help cheering up your garden. Details can be found here

June Gardening Jobs

On especially sunny days be sure to shade your greenhouse as best you can to prevent any plants inside from getting scorched, and open any windows or vents when you can so that fresh air can circulate inside, giving your tender plants the boost that they need.

June Gardening Jobs

June is a great time to collect any seeds from your plants which have already flowered, such as Hellebores, Foxgloves, Forget-me-nots and Aquilegia. Once picked, get them planted as soon as you can whilst the seeds are still fresh.

July’s Gardening Jobs

July’s Gardening Jobs

July Gardening Jobs

Hopefully our few weeks of warmer weather this spring and early summer will result in your harvests still being ready in July. Spinach, peas & beans, cherries, currants, raspberries and soft fruits such as apricots and strawberries can be harvested throughout the summer months. Heavily laden fruit trees can be supported with a prop underneath the branches to prevent them from breaking.

July Gardening Jobs

Limit tomato growth by pinching out the growing tip of cordon tomato plants when they reach the roof of the greenhouse. Pinch out the side-shoots as they develop. Many other vegetables can still be sown during the summer months, such as salads, carrots, beetroots and runner beans.

July Gardening Jobs

Pick sweet peas and any other cutting-garden flowers throughout July to encourage continued flowering and cut back any long laterals which have grown on Wisteria since flowering. This allows sunlight to reach the woody parts of the plant and encourages bud formation next year.

July Gardening Jobs

Continue to water the garden in the evening, making sure to give plants a good watering rather than a soaking. If any pot plants are looking dry still, dunk them in a bucket of rainwater to revitalise them.

July Gardening Jobs

Remember to keep hedges in check. Trim privet on a regular basis to encourage good, dense growth and put the trimmings on the compost heap. Conifers can also be kept in check but resist cutting into the old brown wood as regeneration comes from the newer growth. Bay trees and topiary will also need tidying up regularly.

July Gardening Jobs

As long as there isn’t a drought, feed your lawn on a regular basis to encourage healthy looking lush growth. During dry weather, raise the blades to help your lawn retain moisture. Treat any lawn weeds as you discover them with a suitable lawn weed killer.

July Gardening Jobs

Cut back any early flowering perennials such as Geraniums and Delphiniums to encourage the plant to send out new leaves and maybe even some late-summer bonus flowers. Keep other plants such as Rhododendrons, Lupins and Azaleas looking their best by regular dead-heading.

July Gardening Jobs

When the weather is dry, pay a little attention to the other aspects of your garden. Woodwork such as fences, sheds, arbours or benches could do with a lick of paint or wood stain, and will instantly make your garden look well looked after. Pond weeds should be scooped out on a regular basis and pond water levels kept topped up. Remember to keep your bird baths full of fresh water too.

July Gardening Jobs

Weeds will also be enjoying the sunshine that we hope to have this July. Keep on top of them in beds and borders and treat any which have appeared in paving or driveways with suitable weedkillers. Be vigilant and you will reap the rewards of your hard work.

July Gardening Jobs

Take cuttings of hardy shrubs in summer. Hypericum, Potentilla, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Spiraea and Pyracantha. Use a sharp knife to trim below a single leaf joint to create a finished cutting of 8cm – 10cm long. Fill a 10cm pot with cuttings compost and mix with horticultural grit if preferred to encourage quicker rooting. Dipping the base of the cutting into rooting hormone will promote root development. Insert the cutting into the compost and water gently. Cover the pot with a polythene bag and place indoors in a well-lit position.

August’s Gardening Jobs

August’s Gardening Jobs

August Gardening Jobs

It is essential to keep on top of watering, use ‘grey’ water or rainwater whenever possible and if you are going on holiday, enlist the help of friends, family or neighbours to keep your garden watered whilst you are away. Containers are particularly vulnerable to drying out so pay extra attention to these.

August Gardening Jobs

Harvest fruits and vegetables as they become ready. Onions, garlic and shallots can be lifted when their necks start to turn papery and brown. Continue to sow any spring cabbages, turnips, beetroot, oriental vegetables and over wintering onions. Prune peaches, nectarines, plum and damson trees after fruiting.

August Gardening Jobs

Deadhead flowers on a regular basis, not only does this keep your garden looking smart, it also encourages a second flush of flowers. Leave the flower heads of ornamental grasses to provide winter interest. Collect the seeds from any of your favourite plants, ready to be sown next year. Cuttings can be taken from any tender perennials, such as fuchsias and verbenas

August Gardening Jobs

If your roses have blackspot, remove any infected leaves and burn them along with any fallen leaf litter
Hanging baskets and wall troughs need to be kept well watered. Even if we have heavy rain, they still need extra water. Rambling Roses and Wisteria can be pruned after they have flowered. Tie in new growth on climbers such as honeysuckle and jasmine. Borders and baskets will benefit from a feed with liquid fertiliser once every 1-2 weeks.

August Gardening Jobs

Ponds should be topped up during dry spells. Scoop out any pondweed and leave it by the side for 24 hours to allow pond life to crawl back into the water. Bird Baths need regularly topping up with water and encourage other wildlife into your garden by providing small dishes of water and cool, dark hidey-holes.

August Gardening Jobs

Greenhouses may need damping down on hot days to maintain humidity levels. This can be done by pouring water onto the greenhouse floor early in the morning. It will then slowly evaporate during the day, adding moisture to the air. Keep on top of the weeds by hoeing regularly, mulch plants to maintain their growth through autumn.

September’s Gardening Jobs

September’s Gardening Jobs

September Gardening Jobs

Maincrop potatoes will be ready to harvest once the tops have died off. Two weeks before you lift the crop, cut the top growth back to ground level. Once lifted, leave to dry for 2-3 hours before storing. Spring cabbages and winter onion sets can now be planted. Continue to harvest your apples, pears, raspberries and blackberries. Berries can be frozen for use later in the year.

September Gardening Jobs

Once your summer bedding has finished, any gaps can be filled with hardy perennials such as Salvia, Heuchera, Erysimum and Geranium or spring bulbs. Our Garden Centre is full of spring bulbs for you to choose from and September is an excellent time to start choosing them for your own gardens. We have a huge range of Tulips, Alliums, Daffodils and much, much more.

September Gardening Jobs

Wildlife in your garden still needs your help. Late berrying shrubs such as Pyracantha, Berberis and Lonicera provide a valuable food source for birds. Sedums are vital for bees and butterflies, helping them to build up their reserves for winter.

September Gardening Jobs

September is an excellent time for getting on top of your lawn maintenance. Take a look at our helpful lawn maintenance page for hints and tips on how to have a beautiful lawn.

September Gardening Jobs

Congested clumps of perennials such as Agapanthus, Euphorbias and Geums can be safely divided in Autumn. This will help encourage flowering next year and stop them from taking over your borders.

October’s Gardening Jobs

October’s Gardening Jobs

Octobers Gardening Jobs

Cut back and tidy up the tops of any perennials which have died down. This will help to keep your garden looking neat and prevent any pests from thriving off the dead leaves. Divide any congested clumps of herbaceous perennials to ensure a better show next year and fill out borders. The same can be done with your rhubarb.

Octobers Gardening Jobs

Plant daffodil, tulip and other spring bulbs to ensure a stunning display in spring. Remember to check planting depths and times of planting. Prune any climbing or rambling roses once they have flowered and tie in any loose stems on your climbers before the autumn winds set in.

Octobers Gardening Jobs

Harvest any remaining apples, pears, apricots and other soft fruits. Many fruits and vegetables can be made into delicious jams and chutneys, or leave them for the birds to enjoy. Harvest your pumpkins, squashes and cabbages before the first frost sets in.

Octobers Gardening Jobs

Cauliflower heads will need protecting from the frosts, either wrap them in horticultural fleece or tie the outer leaves around, securing with string. Remove any straw from around your strawberries to increase ventilation to the base of the plant.

Octobers Gardening Jobs

Remove any fallen autumn leaves using a suitable lawn/leaf rake, although it may seem a thankless task when the breeze scatters more onto your garden, leaves are excellent in compost and it allows more light to reach your grass. Mow your lawn for one last time before the colder temperatures and frost sets in and renovate any patches you have in your lawn.

Octobers Gardening Jobs

As the days get colder, its time to start moving your tender plants into your greenhouse. Clean and disinfect your greenhouse first to prevent any diseases over-wintering with your plants. Net your ponds to prevent autumn leaves falling in and give your waterbutts a good clean out.

November’s Gardening Jobs

November’s Gardening Jobs

November Gardening Jobs

Move any of your frost tender plants into your greenhouse or into a sheltered spot. Wrapping the pots with newspaper, fleece or bubble wrap will also give them the extra protection they need to survive the winter. Grouping them together will also help them to stay protected. Raise any containers and pots by placing blocks of wood or bricks underneath them. This will prevent them from becoming waterlogged over winter.

November Gardening Jobs

In milder parts of the country, you can start to sow and plant vegetables in pots and containers in your greenhouse. Leeks, Asparagus, Rhubarb and Onions can all be started now. Cheer up the outside of your house by planting up some winter baskets and containers. Heathers, Carex, Trailing Ivies, Winter Pansies, Cyclamen and Fuchsias will brighten up any outside space.

November Gardening Jobs

If you haven’t done so already, plant out your spring flowering bulbs, especially Tulips. As long as the ground is not frozen, they will be fine to be planted out now. Mulch around any non-hardy perennials, shrubs and evergreens in your garden. You can use straw, wood chippings or even old carpet. Fuchsias and Ceanothus certainly need protection.

November Gardening Jobs

November is an excellent time to be thinking about bare root hedging. Perfect for creating a new hedge or for filling any gaps you have in your garden. We have a huge range for sale, from Laurel to Box, Rowan and Dogwood. Take hardwood cuttings from Buddleja, Fig, Willow, Forsythia, Cornus and shrub Roses this month. As soon as the leaves have fallen, make a clean, sloping cut immediately below a bud so you can tell the top from the bottom. Keep them in a cold frame until the spring.

November Gardening Jobs

Mulch around any non-hardy perennials, shrubs and evergreens in your garden. You can use straw, wood chippings or even old carpet. Fuchsias and Ceanothus certainly need protection. Wrap grease bands around your fruit trees to catch any female winter moths which climb up from the soil.

November Gardening Jobs

Continue to remove any fallen leaves from your garden, as slugs and snails love to hide in them. If you have any bare plots of garden, leave the leaves where they are as they will rot down, creating a mulch. Keep an eye out for leaves in your gutters and ponds too.

November Gardening Jobs

The weather should be cold enough for the lawn mower to be put away for the winter. Before you store it away, give it a quick clean, removing any dried on clippings and make sure the collection bag is empty. For petrol lawn mowers, drain off the fuel before you store it away.

November Gardening Jobs

To prevent slippery paths in your garden, cut back any overhanging branches to allow more sunlight to the pathway and to improve air movement. Moss and algae can usually be removed with a pressure washer, which will greatly reduce the likelihood of slippery paths. Keep leaving out food and water for the wildlife in your garden. As winter approaches, food in the wild becomes scarcer for them. Plants such as Berberis, Pyracantha and Sorbus provide valuable winter berries for the wild birds in the garden.

December’s Gardening Jobs

December’s Gardening Jobs

December Gardening Jobs

Japanese Acers, Birches and Vines will need pruning before Christmas to avoid the bleeding of the sap from the cut stems. Choose to do this on a day without frosts, so as to protect the plant as much as possible.

December Gardening Jobs

Root crops such as parsnips, leeks, kale, winter cabbages and sprouts should be harvested this month, ready for use with your Christmas lunch. Apply a dry mulch around borderline-hardy plants such as Agapanthus, Hedychium and Melianthus to protect the crown from the winter frosts and snow.

December Gardening Jobs

Start to reduce the amount of water you are giving to your houseplants. They require less water through the winter months, but keep an eye on any which are located near any sources of heat, such as radiators and heaters as these are prone to dry out more.

December Gardening Jobs

Container-grown herbs can be brought inside, such as chives, mint and basil. They will do best on a sunny windowsill. Apple and Pear trees can be pruned in December to maintain healthy growth and improve next year’s crop. Prevent any disease getting into your tree by ensuring your saw and secateurs are sharp and clean. Leave cordons and espaliers, they should be pruned in late summer.

December Gardening Jobs

Ensure outside plumbing is well insulated, even if not in use, including outside taps, ponds and drainpipes. Switch off and drain any water attachments, store them indoors if at all possible. If you have fish in your pond, make sure they have air holes if the water freezes over. A rubber ball left to float should prevent the water from freezing over. Unused terracotta pots need protection. Bring them indoors or store them in your shed until spring. If you have some in use, wrap them in bubblewrap or newspaper to help protect them from the damaging frosts.

December Gardening Jobs

Bird feeders should be kept topped up with fresh seeds and nuts throughout the winter months. Bird baths will also need to be topped up during winter. A kettle of water in the morning will ensure a non-frozen bird bath through most of the day. December is the perfect time to dig heavy soils as the winter frosts will help to break down any newly turned lumps, leaving you with more manageable soil next season.

December Gardening Jobs

Flamboyant summer displays may well be over, but there is no reason why your garden cannot look just as spectacular during December. Cornus are invaluable for winter interest with their striking winter stems and shoots. Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ has bright red shoots, as does Cornus alba ‘Spaethii’. Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter fire’ has gloriously bright orange-red stems, which are sure to create a statement in any winter garden.

December Gardening Jobs

Witch hazels are among the best shrubs for winter flowers. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ and Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ are both visually stunning with their bare winter stems and colourful flowers in yellows and reds. Team with the golden foliage of Choisya ‘Goldfingers’ for a beautiful winter border. Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ is a winter flowering climber, sure to brighten up any patch of bare wall or fence.

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