Top 10 Garden jobs this month
December is often the month where we aim for a couple of deep breaths after a busy gardening year and our main goal is to get through the holiday period at the end of the month and be prepared for a New Year.
Out top tips for adding to the garden maintenance checklist for December are:
- Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place – double check stakes, support netting, trellis work & mulching to ensure the weather is not causing damage through windrock or frost.
- Check that greenhouse heaters are working – not only that, ensure all gaps and draughts are stopped, broken panes are replaced. Insulate with bubble wrap or partition sections of the glasshouse so plants are protected from frost.
- Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing – make sure pipes are properly insulated and use a water feature and floating ball to reduce the risk of freezing over.
- Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
- Prune Acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
- Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops – check the allotment for the last of the seasons produce. Get it all into storage before the heavy frosts start freezing the soil.
- Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted – this is the time of year when you can safely transplant trees and shrubs. Larger projects may need a bit of preparation over one or two seasons to enable a safe move but we can set out a plan for this with you.
- Take hardwood cuttings – a great way to stretch your garden plants. Prepare a good potting compost and take healthy cuttings to ensure the longevity of your choice garden plants.
- Keep mice away from stored produce – goes without saying!! The only sharing should be done around the dinner table.
- Reduce watering of houseplants – they too will be heading for dormancy, just like their outdoor counterparts. Just be aware of humidity as the drier air caused by indoor heating can burn leaves.
As always we are on hand to help with our Seasonal Tidy Up offer.
Some December Garden images from Instagram: