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Gardening Tips

FOR EVERY GARDEN & EVERY GARDENER, CREATIVE LANDSCAPES HOLDS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS

David from Creative landscapes shows you what gardening jobs to do in your garden through the different months of the year to keep it looking great and full of colour and crops. Select the each month to view details.

Image: Flower Tips for Feb

  • Check and firm in all newly planted shrubs and trees..
  • Check Dahlia tubers, Gladioli and Begonia corms that are being stored and remove any that are rotting.
  • Spot water containers, pots, tubs and window boxes.
  • Remove snow from evergreen trees and shrubs.

Image: Fruit Tips for February

  • Spray with 'Mortegg' Winter Wash in milder spells.
  • Plant new fruit bushes when the ground is not too wet or frozen.
  • Check and loosen tree ties, replace any that are broken.
  • Check stakes on fruit trees for being loose or broke.

Image: VegetableTips for January

  • Dig over vacant plots and leave rough for frost to break down.
  • Check stored vegetable and throw out any that are rotting
  • Towards the end of the month consider putting up plastic cloches to warm the soil and give early salad crops.

Image: Lawn Tips for Feb

  • Keep off in frosty weather.
  • Have the lawn mower serviced and the blades sharpened.
  • If puddles stay on the lawn, spike with a garden fork to add drainage.

Image: Greenhouse Tips for January

  • Start to heat Greenhouses, which have Peaches and Vines in them.
  • Prune Vines now before sap rises.
  • Check heating is still running efficiently.
  • Ventilate cold houses on mild days.
  • Check plants regularly for pests and disease i.e., moulds and fungus.
  • Keep an area of the pond free of ice to help fish to breathe.
  • Store seed potatoes in a dark place.
  • Clean and oil all garden tools.

Image: Plant Tips for January

  • Galanthus nivalis
  • Sarcococca
  • Hamamelis vars
  • Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
  • Lonicera x Fragrantissima
  • Helleborus niger
  • Crocus
  • Garrya eliptica 'James Roof'
  • Ilex aquifolium vars
  • Viburnum tinus vars

Image: Flower Tips for Feb

  • Lightly trim winter flowering Heathers when the flowers die off.
  • Divide Snowdrops after flowering.
  • Plant Lily of the Valley Crowns.
  • Prune summer flowering shrubs.

Image: Fruit Tips for Feb

  • Tie in wall trained fruit trees and bushes.
  • Set Peaches, Vines and Nectarines into growth in a greenhouse.
  • Check stored fruit and discard any that are rotting.
  • Complete the pruning of fruit trees.
  • This is the latest time to spray Mortegg.

Image: VegetableTips for February

  • Dig any unworked vacant ground.
  • Dig and store any root crops still in the ground.
  • Check stored vegetables and discard any rotting ones.

Image: Lawn Tips for Feb

  • Keep off in frosty weather.
  • Have the lawn mower serviced and the blades sharpened.
  • Spike lawns to aid drainage.

Image: Greenhouse Tips for Februaryy

  • Plant new grape vines.
  • Check the glass is not loose after high winds.
  • Sow Sweet pea's for planting out later.
  • Clean out accumulated rubbish in preparation for spring.
  • Check that the heating system still works.

Image: Plant Tips for February

  • Rhododendron Praecox
  • Garrya Elliptica 'James Roof'
  • Corylus Avellana 'Contorta'
  • Helleborus Orientalis
  • Thuya 'Rheingold'
  • Bergenia 'Abendglut'
  • Clematis Armandii

Image: Flower Tips for March

  • Finish off pruning Roses.
  • If not already done lift and divide congested clumps of Snowdrops while still in leaf.
  • Prune back autumn flowering Clematis.
  • Take the old flower heads off winter flowering heathers and trim the plants to shape.
  • Feed Rose bushes.
  • Mulch any areas of garden missed in the autumn.
  • Cut back Cornus and Salix stems to encourage new growth next year.

Image: Fruit Tips for March

  • Mulch Raspberry canes with compost or manure.
  • This is the latest time that bare-root fruit bushes and trees can be planted.
  • In warmer areas spray Peaches and Nectarines to help control Peach leaf curl.

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  • In mild areas plant early crop potatoes and shallots.
  • Finish digging over ground.

Image: Lawn Tips for March

  • Lay new turf when there is no frost.
  • If seeding a lawn prepare the area now.
  • If cutting grass, cut with the mower set at its highest setting.
  • Sow seeds of beetroot, leeks, lettuce and summer cabbages in a heated greenhouse.
  • Sow tender annuals in a heated propagator.
  • Start Dahlia tubers into growth.
  • Watch out for fungal diseases and spray if necessary.

Image: Greenhouse Tips for March

  • Sow seeds of beetroot, leek, lettuce and summer cabbage in a heated greenhouse
  • Sow tender annuals in a heated propagator
  • Start Dahlia tubers into growth
  • Watch out for fungal diseases and spray if necessary

Image: Plant Tips for March

  • Helleborus Orientalis
  • Camellia 'Donation'
  • Double Primula
  • Cordyaks 'China Blue'
  • Clematis Armandii
  • Primula Veris
  • Chimanathus Praecox
  • Kilmarnock Willow
  • Daphne Mezereum
  • Forsythia

Image: Flower Tips for April

  • Plant Gladioli's in a sunny part of the garden, in well drained soil.
  • Plant Alpines for spring and early summer flowers.
  • Feed all plants in the garden using a slow-release fertiliser to improve plant flowering and growth.
  • Remove dead flowers from spring bulbs and feed plants with fertiliser.
  • Wait until the leaves of Daffodils and other bulbs have gone brown before you trim them.
  • Construct garden pools and plant Water Lilies or other pond plants.
  • Sprinkle Rose fertiliser around Roses.
  • Begin spraying Roses to control pests and diseases.
  • Bedding plants can be grown from seeds.
  • Cut back any tall old stems of Buddlea (Butterfly Bush).
  • Use slug and snail control to protect the plant's new shoots.
  • Late frosts can still cause damage to Camellia and Magnolia buds so use garden fleece to protect plants on frosty nights.

Image: Fruit Tips for April

  • Mulch fruit trees with manure or bark.
  • Start a spray programme on Apple and other fruit trees to control pests and diseases.
  • Strawberries need to be planted as soon as possible.
  • Pinch out badly placed shoots on wall trained fruit trees to prevent scarring of stems.
  • If your Gooseberries suffered from mildew last year spray with fungicide now.

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  • Plant out onion sets or garlic cloves.
  • Plant potatoes now.
  • Many outdoor vegetables can now be grown from seed.
  • Thin out over crowded vegetable seedlings towards the end of the month.
  • Plant tomatoes in unheated greenhouses.

Image: Lawn Tips for April

  • Re-seed or re-turf bald patches of lawn.
  • Cut grass with the lawn mower blades set high for the first few times.
  • Spread lawn fertiliser or combined weed and feed to produce a good lawn.

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  • Use a liquid feed on any clumps of bulbs to strengthen them before their leaves die back.
  • Trim off the dead flower heads from winter/spring flowering heathers.

Image: Flower Tips for May

  • Plant summer bedding.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs to prevent them from becoming overgrown.
  • Finish sowing hardy annuals: the later they are sown, the later they will flower.
  • Put support frames into herbaceous borders to support plants with a floppy habit i.e., Lupins.
  • Dig up, divide and replant polyanthus after they have flowered, discard any with disease.
  • Start to harden off bedding plants by putting them out for the day and back in for the night.
  • Protect susceptible plants from slugs.
  • Clear out spring bedding from beds and borders when it fades, and fork in fertiliser.
  • Plant hanging baskets and put them in the greenhouse until the risk of frost is gone.
  • Watch out for pest and disease on all plants.
  • Deadhead spring bulbs (but do not cut the foliage back yet).
  • Ensure newly planted plants are kept watered in dry spells.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs to prevent them from becoming overgrown.

Image: Fruit Tips for May

  • Mulch around Strawberries to prevent the fruit being spoiled, use straw or black polythene.
  • Destroy any leaves of Peach and Nectarine which show signs of leaf curl.
  • Spray a systemic fungicide on Gooseberries if mildew is a problem.
  • Water newly planted fruit trees and bushes in dry spells.
  • Harvest any early Rhubarb.

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  • It is possible to plant out Brassicas (cauliflower/cabbage) if they have been grown in a greenhouse.
  • Remember to use a Brassica collar to keep cabbage root fly away.
  • Most vegetable crops can be sown but delay if the soil is cold and wet.
  • Plant main crop potatoes.
  • Earth up early crop potatoes.
  • Weed between any vegetable crops that are growing.
  • Harvest any Asparagus spears that are showing.

Image: Lawn Tips forMay

  • Apply a weedkiller and fertiliser combination.
  • Seed new lawns and cover to keep birds away.
  • Mow lawns once a week if needed.
  • Avoid cutting if there is frost on the grass.
  • It is now a suitable time to spot treat lawns if no general lawn weedkiller is used.
  • Lay new turf and keep well watered if a dry spell ensues.

Image: Greenhouse Tips for May

  • Tie in the lengthening growths of Vines.
  • Ventilate well and damp down on sunny days as long as seed are not being raised.
  • Continue pricking out half hardy and tender seedlings.
  • In a heated greenhouse remove side shoots from tomatoes, but not bush varieties.
  • Pinch out side shoots of melons and cucumbers when two side shoots have been formed.
  • Watch for pests and treat immediately using either a chemical spray or a biological control.
  • Ensure heating is still available in case of a cold night. 

Image: Plant Tips for May

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Aquilegia (Granny's Bonnet)
  • Syringa vulgaris cultivars (Lilac)
  • Ornamental Cherries
  • Crataegus (Hawthorn)
  • Clematis Macropetela (Clematis)
  • Meconopsis betonicifolia (Himalayan Blue Poppy)
  • Centaurea Montana (Perennial Cornflower)
  • Berberis stenophylla (Barberry)
  • Dodecatheon Meadia (Shooting Stars)

Image: Flower Tips for June

  • Plant summer bedding
  • Plant up window boxes and troughs
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs to prevent them becoming overgrown
  • Thin out seedlings of hardy annuals that were sown directly into the soil
  • Sprinkle Rose Plus around Rose plants to encourage strong growth and a good flower display
  • Spray Roses with Rose Clear 2 to control pest and disease if necessary
  • Remove suckers from Rose bushes when they are seen
  • Support taller annuals and perennials with pea sticks pushed into the soil
  • Clip hedges
  • Water newly planted shrubs and perennials in dry periods

Image: Fruit Tips for June

  • Tie new canes of Raspberries and Blackberries onto wires, keep them separate from last years growth
  • Pick Rhubarb regularly and do not allow it to form flower spikes
  • Remove damaged branches from Damsons and Plums
  • Spread nets over soft fruit bushes
  • Check fruit cages for tears or damage
  • Put straw under Strawberries to protect from slugs

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  • Dig over vacant plots and leave rough for frost to break down.
  • Check stored vegetable and throw out any that are rotting.
  • Towards the end of the month consider putting up plastic cloches to warm the soil and give early salad crops.

Image: Lawn Tips for June

  • Mow lawns more frequently and reduce the cutting height if the grass is growing quickly
  • Water in dry spells provided that there is no hosepipe ban
  • Feed tired lawns with Miracle Gro lawn food to give them a boost
  • Apply a combined feed and weed if not already done 

Image: Greenhouse Tips for June

  • Use a shade paint or netting on greenhouses to prevent over heating and scorching of tender plants
  • Feed all plants at least once a week
  • Use a biological control or fumigate if pests are a problem
  • Ensure that there is adequate ventilation
  • Continue training and feeding cucumbers and melons
  • Pick male flowers from cucumbers and pollinate female flowers
  • Soak the floor morning and evening to keep up humidity 

Image: Plant Tips for June

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Lupinus (Lupins)
  • Violas
  • Deutzia
  • Lavendula (Lavender)
  • Philadelphus varieties (Mock Orange)
  • Papaver (Poppy)
  • Hosta varieties (Plantain Lily)
  • Hardy Geraniums (Cranesbill)
  • Paeonies (Peony)
  • Campanula (Bellflower)

Image: Flower Tips for July

  • Prune late spring and early summer flowering shrubs immediately after flowering to promote new growth
  • Dead head Sweet Peas to increase the flowering season
  • Deadhead Roses and feed regularly
  • Spray Roses to control black spot, mildew and aphids
  • Water hanging baskets and containers at least once a day and feed once a week
  • Feed perennials and shrubs with a granular fertiliser e.g. Rose Plus and hoe into the soil
  • Remove faded flowers on Delphiniums and Lupins. This may encourage a second flowering
  • Trim spring flowering heathers to remove flower heads and to keep in shape
  • Tie in and train new growth on climbing and rambling Roses
  • Water newly planted shrubs and perennials in dry conditions
  • Semi-ripe cuttings can now be taken from shrubs and rooted in a cold frame

Image: Fruit Tips for July

  • Check nets on fruit cages to make sure that they have not moved or been damaged
  • Strawberry runners can be pegged down into soil or pots
  • Train new growth on trained fruit trees removing side shoots
  • Mulch Rhubarb plants and remove flower spikes
  • Remove straw from under Strawberries that have finished fruiting
  • Pick Raspberries regularly

Image: Vegetable Tips for July

  • Harvest early potatoes
  • Harvest globe artichokes
  • Earth up main crop potatoes to give an increased yield
  • Keep onions well watered to maximise yield
  • Sow salad crops directly into the ground to continue getting fresh plants
  • Feed all vegetable plants

Image: Lawn Tips for July

  • Continue to mow grass raising the height of cut in dry weather
  • Water in dry spells but be aware of hosepipe bans

Image: Greenhouse Tips for July

  • Spray Peaches and Nectarines every day with tepid water
  • Use biological control where pests are a problem
  • Ensure that all vents are working and close them on cool evenings
  • Soak the floor morning and evening to keep up humidity
  • Remove faded flowers and dropped foliage to prevent the build up of fungal diseases 

Image: Plant Tips for July

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • English Roses
  • Clematis e.g. Marie Boisselot
  • Erodium (Heron's Bill)
  • Deschampsia (Hair Grass)
  • Athyrium (Lady Fern)
  • Digitalis (Foxglove)
  • Hemerocallis (Day Lily)
  • Tropaeolum speciosum (Flame Creeper)
  • Penstemons

Image: Flower Tips for August

  • Prune Wistearia by reducing this year's growth to just five or six buds
  • Deadhead Roses regularly
  • Spray Roses to control black spot mildew and aphids
  • Water hanging baskets and containers at least once a day and feed once a week
  • Water Camellias regularly as they are now forming next year's flower buds
  • Dead head Sweet Peas to increase the flowering season
  • Tie in and train new growth on climbing and rambling Roses
  • Water newly planted shrubs and perennials in dry conditions
  • Late August: remove faded annuals and compost them

Image: Fruit Tips for August

  • Check nets on fruit cages to make sure that they have not moved or been damaged
  • Finish training fruit trees by removing side shoots
  • Cut out one or two of the older stems in current bushes to allow new growth
  • Remove straw from under Strawberries that have finished fruiting
  • Finish picking Raspberries and prune summer varieties down to ground level

Image: Vegetable Tips for August

  • Concentrate on watering plants in flower and fruit
  • Earth up brussel sprouts to give them support as they mature
  • Earth up main crop potatoes to give an increased yield
  • Keep onions well watered to maximise yield
  • Sow salad crops directly into the ground to continue getting fresh plants

Image: Lawn Tips for August

  • Continue to mow grass raising the height of cut in dry weather
  • Irrigate the lawn if allowed to use the hosepipe 

Image: Greenhouse Tips for August

  • Damp down the greenhouse floor each morning to increase humidity
  • Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes and feed with Tomorite regularly
  • Ensure that all vents are working and close them on cool evenings
  • Shade plants to prevent scorching. Use netting or shade paint on the outside 

Image: Plant Tips for August

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
  • English Roses
  • Fuschia (Lady Thumb or Tom Thumb)
  • Nepeta Six Hills Giant (Cat Mint)
  • Echinops Ritro (Globe Thistle)
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Ground cover Roses
  • Hemerocallis (Day Lily)
  • Tropaeolum Speciosum (Flame Creeper)
  • Hostas

Image: Flower Tips for September

  • Clear away faded summer bedding plants and plant out Pansies, Wallflowers and other spring bedding plants
  • Sow hardy annuals outside to flower for next spring
  • Deadhead Roses regularly
  • Spray Roses to control black spot mildew and aphids
  • Water Camellias regularly as they are now forming next year's flower buds
  • Dead head annuals, perennials and Roses
  • Continue spraying for mildew and other fungal diseases
  • Towards the end of the month prepare to move evergreens and perennials that are growing in the wrong places
  • Clear up any fallen leaves and other dead plant material to prevent diseases over wintering and remove shelter for vine Weevils 

Image: Fruit Tips for September

  • Put fruit nets on late fruiting varieties of Raspberries and Blackberries and remember to check regularly that they are firmly attached
  • Harvest early fruiting varieties of Apple and eat immediately as they do not keep very well
  • Plant out new Strawberry beds and remove runners from any new plants
  • Complete the pruning of Tay berries, Loganberries, Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Check stakes and ties on fruit trees and replace if they are worn or rotten

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  • Lift onions and dry them before storing them
  • Harvest plants as soon as they are ready to get maximum flavour from them
  • Cut and dry herbs for use in the winter
  • Continue to take precautions against slugs and snails
  • Regular hoeing will keep weeds down and prevent seeds being dropped on to the soil to create problems for the following year 

Image: Lawn Tips for September

  • Continue to mow grass raising the height of cut in dry weather
  • Now is a good time to sow new lawns using either seed or turf
  • Use autumn lawn-care products

Image: Greenhouse Tips for September

  • Start to water dormant cyclamen
  • Daffodils can be planted to ensure a display for Christmas
  • Ensure that all vents are working and close them on cool evenings
  • Be extra vigilant for pest and disease

Image: Plant Tips for September

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Crocosmia (Montbretia)
  • Salvias
  • Sedum herbstfreud (Sedum Autumn Joy)
  • Aster novibelgii varieties (Michaelmas Daisy)
  • Hebe autumn glory
  • Schizostylus (Kaffir Lily
  • Gentiana (Gentian)
  • Hemerocallis (Day Lily)

Image: Flower Tips for October

  • Dig up and store Dahlia tubers and Gladiolus corms
  • Plant trees and shrubs since this is an ideal time for these plants to "settle in"
  • Bare-root Roses also establish well if planted now
  • Winter and spring flowering bulbs such as Daffodils, Narcissi and Crocuses should be planted now in the garden or patio containers 

Image: Fruit Tips for October

  • Apples and Pears which are ripe should be picked and handled carefully prior to storage in a cool, airy position
  • Blackberry, Raspberry and Loganberry canes that have finished cropping should be cut out and new canes can be tied in to support framework
  • Check that stakes on fruit trees are secure and are not constricting growth
  • Plant Strawberries during the middle of the month for cropping next summer 

Image: Vegetable Tips for October

  • Sow cauliflower, lettuce, broad beans and peas under cloches in a sheltered spot
  • Harvest and store marrows and pumpkins before the first frosts
  • Potatoes, carrots and beetroots can be lifted and stored
  • Provide deterrents to avoid the ravages of pigeons on brassicas
  • Dig over ground as it becomes vacant 

Image: Lawn Tips for October

  • October is an ideal time to make new lawns from turf as the turf is unlikely to dry out and moist, warm soils aid root establishment
  • Scarify established lawns to remove dead grass and spike the surface with fork or lawn aerator to help drainage
  • Apply an autumn lawn food such as 'Levington Autumn Extra' which contains Mosskiller
  • Reduce mowing frequency and set the blades high. By the end of the month it will be time to stop cutting and the mower should then be serviced in preparation for next year 

Image: Greenhouse Tips for October

  • When frost threatens, heating may be required at night
  • Water in the morning only so that the foliage does not remain wet at night
  • Clean the glass both inside and out to maximise use of the winter sun. At the same time remove any greenhouse shading
  • Wash pots and trays and store for use next spring
  • Sow winter lettuce in the greenhouse border soil
  • Ventilate the greenhouse with care in order to keep up air movement and alleviate dampness 

Image: Plant Tips for October

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Cyclamen hederifolium (Sowbread)
  • Parthenocissus quinquifolia (Virginia Creeper)
  • Acer palmatum and varieties (Japanese Maples)
  • Amelanchier Ballerina (Snowy Mespilus)
  • Pyracantha (Fire Thorn)
  • Liquidamber styraciflua (American Gum)
  • Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple (Smoke Bush)
  • Rhus glabra 'Laciniata' (Sumach)
  • Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion' (Beauty Berry)
  • Cortaderia selloana (Pampas Grass)

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  • Conditions on mild days are still ideal for planting:
  • Later flowering spring bulbs such as Lilies and Tulips
  • Bare-root or root balled trees, shrubs and Roses
  • New hedges i.e. Beech, Hawthorn, Privet, Laurel
  • Dig up and divide established plants which are now overcrowded and re-plant
  • Pansies, primulas and other winter/ spring bedding plan
  • Prune back Roses and tidy up deciduous shrubs. Both may need a further prune in February/March

Image: Fruit Tips for November

  • Harvest and store late varieties of Apples and Pears
  • Plant new fruit trees and bushes once the ground has been dug over and manured
  • Prune Apple and Pear trees
  • Once all leaves have dropped apply a "winter wash" to control pests. We recommend 'Mortegg' which is available at all of our Centres
  • Raspberry Canes are available for planting now

Image: Vegetable Tips for November

  • Dig over vacant ground and work in well rotted manure or compost
  • Order seed catalogues
  • Protect cauliflower curds by bending a few leaves over the centre
  • If storing vegetables make sure that they are well spaced and dry, and if any are rotting throw them away
  • Leeks and parsnips may be left in the ground until required for use

Image: Lawn Tips for November

  • There is still time to apply an autumn lawn food and mosskiller
  • Spike badly drained lawns to improve drainage and if not carried out previously scarify to remove dead grass
  • Depending on the season and location it may still be necessary to give the lawn a final cut. If so do it on a high blade setting
  • If conditions permit (not too wet or too cold) turfing can still be carried out

Image: Greenhouse Tips for November

  • Water carefully to avoid leaf splash
  • Control pests and diseases encouraged by warm, damp conditions
  • Ventilate when possible to improve air circulation and control humidity
  • Grow plants such as Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Azaleas, Poinsettias to provide colour in the house
  • Make sure heating system is working efficiently as it will be required more and more as winter continues
  • Make sure heating system is working efficiently as it will be required more and more as winter continues

Image: Plant Tips for November

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Thuja 'Rheingold'
  • Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
  • Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
  • Viburnum tinus and varieties
  • Cornus (Dogwood)
  • Ilex aquifolium (Holly)
  • Cortaderia selloana (Pampas Grass)
  • Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)
  • Mahonia (early flowering varieties)
  • Aucuba japonica (Spotted Laurel)

Image: Flower Tips for December

  • If not frosty plant new Rose bushes
  • Cut back the herbaceous border and mulch thickly with composted bark
  • Put slug pellets around treasured plants, especially Alpines and Bulbs in mild weather
  • Protect delicate evergreens from cold winds by using Horticultural Fleece

Image: Fruit Tips for December

  • Still time to plant new fruit bushes if the soil is not frozen
  • Still time to use tar oil wash
  • Make sure Apples and Pears are pruned by the end of the month

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  • Buy seeds now to ensure full availability
  • Net winter vegetables to keep pigeons away

Image: Lawn Tips for December

  • Avoid walking on lawns in frosty weather
  • If puddles stay on the lawn spike with a garden fork to aid drainage and prevent disease
  • Consider having lawn mowers and strimmers serviced

Image: Greenhouse Tips for December

  • Clear greenhouse gutters of autumn leaves
  • Wash greenhouse glass inside and outside to allow as much light in as possible
  • Line the inside of the greenhouse with bubblewrap to keep plants warmer
  • Do not water plants too much, water when compost is dry
  • Check plants regularly for pests and disease i.e., moulds and fungus
  • Ventilate on warm days

Image: Plant Tips for December

  • Plants which are at their best this month:
  • Ilex aquifolium and varieties (Hollies)  
  • Prunus autumnalis 'Rosea' (Autumn Cherry)
  • Mahonia
  • Pernettya varieties
  • Erica darleyensis (Heath)
  • Indoor Cyclamen
  • Poinsettias
  • Non-hardy Azaleas (House plant Azaleas)

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