Around The Garden In December
Water the plants in your greenhouse sparingly and try to maintain as dry an atmosphere as possible.
Protect poinsettias from cold draughts (they really don’t like them) and allow them to dry out slightly between waterings. This should make them last all through the Christmas period and into January.
Avoid walking on the lawn when it is blanketed by heavy frost or snow as this can damage the grass.
Make sure you keep clearing leaves off the lawn to allow light in. This prevents dead patches from appearing.
Check any tree ties and stakes to ensure they are well secure. Tighten or loosen as necessary.
- Leave faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until spring. This provides frost protection to buds further down the stems.
- Remove any yellowing leaves from your winter brassicas, then cover them over with netting to protect them from pigeons.
- Leave a shallow container of water at ground level. Wildlife other than birds need a drink!
- Now is the perfect time to prune your fruit trees! Pruning encourages quality fruit production.
- Protect poinsettias from cold draughts (they really don't like them) and allow them to dry out slightly between waterings. This should make them last all through the Christmas period and into January.