Other Jobs Around The Garden This December

Hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up with wild bird food to attract birds, who will in turn eat pests in your garden.

Repair fences and apply a wood preservative to prevent them from rotting.

Dig over empty borders and prepare your soil for next year’s planting.

There’s still time to clean out water butts before they fill with fresh rain water over winter.

Wash down all of your garden tools and give them a wipe of linseed oil on the wooden and metal areas to help prevent rusting.

Build or buy a compost bin. Continue to collect fallen leaves and add to leaf bins or the compost heap to rot down.

Turn your compost heaps to mix the ingredients and help the contents to decompose.

Check tree ties and stakes to ensure that trees are still secure following strong autumn winds. Tighten or loosen ties as necessary.

Group potted plants together in a sheltered spot in the garden to protect them from the harshest winter weather.

Top Tip:

Get rid of slimy patches on the patio and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer. For an easy alternative try a liquid patio cleaner.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Check your winter protection structures are securely in place.
  • Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding.
  • Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops.
  • Reduce watering of houseplants.
  • Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing.