December gardening tips

December gardening tips

With the arrival of December, colder winter weather becomes the new norm, marking the start of a prolonged period of calm and quiet in the garden. Often ground conditions limit the opportunities to do any gardening but the occasional clear bright dry day offers some chance to doing some important garden chores where necessary.

  • Clear lawn areas of any fallen leaf and use to spread around base of trees or shrubs. Alternatively store (usually 6 months) the leaf in punctured black plastic bags to create leaf mould, a valuable surface dressing for planted borders
  • Lawns can look a little off, a light clip on top and along edges will make a big difference (only mow lawn if ground is firm and during a dry spell)
  • Now is an ideal time to plant new bare root hedging and trees (but avoid any planting when the ground is very wet)
  • Winter storms and winds are very strong and can easily damage young trees, so check all tree ties and stakes to ensure trees are firmly secured in the ground
  • Prune any overhanging branches from trees or shrubs
  • For additional splash of winter colour plant (in groups or containers) cyclamens, winter pansies, ornamental grasses
  • Spruce up the planted borders with a fresh topdressing of bark mulch
  • Remember to leave out some feed (seed, nuts or fat balls) for the birds
  • Final opportunity to plant summer flowering bulbs

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