Last Updated on 02/04/2020 by Shannen Godwin
There are always things to do in the garden in December. These simple gardening tasks will offer some calm and relief amid the busyness of the festive season. So, here are our top jobs to get done in the garden this month.
- Don’t smash the ice on a pond with a spade as the shock waves could kill fish or other wildlife. Create a breathing hole by putting a rubber ball in the water before it freezes, removing it once ice forms.
Prep Beds and borders
- Fill your garden with scent by planting a winter flowering perfumed shrub, such as Daphne odora, Viburnum bodnantese or Sarcocca humilis.
- Control leaf spot disease on Hellebores and Yuccas by spraying with a suitable fungicide.
potted plant care
• Potted plants are vulnerable to water logging over winter, which can cause root rot. Raise them up onto pot feet or stand on bricks, to allow excess moisture to drain away.
• Water pots when necessary to counteract the dry winter winds.
Trees and shrubs
• Cut off dead stems of wall shrubs and climbers, then tie in any wayward shoots to prevent them being snapped off in windy weather.
• Remove any dead, diseased or dying branches from deciduous trees.
- Leave out bowls of fresh water for wildlife to bathe and drink.
- Don’t throw out any scraps, birds love bits of cheese, pasta, and bread.
- Plant a feast of berry-filled bushes that birds and other wildlife can enjoy during the cold months.
• Why not spruce up the bare branches in the garden with fairy lights or decorative baubles in spirit of the festive season.
- Use broken twigs to make ornaments for your trees and gift toppers. Star twigs are a favourite.
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