What to do in the garden in December

With the short days and chilly mornings upon us, winter has arrived. While it may be tempting to leave your garden alone during this period, it’s important to remember that there are a number of jobs that need to be done in winter to help your garden flourish in spring. Here’s our list gardening jobs to do this December to prepare your garden for spring.

Prune trees and shrubs

December is a great time to prune trees, shrubs and roses. It is best to cut out unwanted growth whilst the plant is dormant, since it’s easier to understand the shape and structure of the plant whilst it has no leaves. Plus winter pruned trees are less prone to disease.

Keep on planting

Yes, you can continue planting in December! The very best time of year to plant shrubs and trees is between early autumn to late Spring. Also, f you live in areas with milder winters, you can continue to plant spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips, crocus, muscari and fritillarias into the new year.

Make your garden wildlife-friendly

Local wildlife need all the help they can get during the colder months. If possible, add suet feeders around the garden/lawn, as they make a great source of energy for birds. Other foods that are perfect for birds include chunks of fruit, mealworms, or peanuts. Don’t forget to put out a fresh dish of water along with the bird food too!

More jobs for the December garden:

  • Tie back climbing plants
  • Tidy up the greenhouse ready to receive spring plants
  • A little weeding now will save time in spring
  • Mulch around trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials
  • Build raised beds and fill them with good quality soil ready for growing your own fruit and veg

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What to Do in the Garden in August

Echinacea (coneflowers)

August is an amazing time in the garden. Since summer brings an explosion of summer-flowering bulbs and perennials, you can see an assortment of colours and shapes in bloom everywhere.

While the August garden is the perfect time to put your feet up and enjoy all your hard work, don’t forget about the essential gardening jobs that need to be done to keep your garden in the best shape possible.

1. Hydrate your Plants

In the peak of summer, heat and humidity levels are high so make sure to water your plants when needed.

Tip: The best time to water your plants is in the early morning or late evening.

2. Keep an Eye Out for Diseases

Stay vigilant with your plant care as high temperatures can lead to plant diseases, such as brown patches and mould. Keep an eye out for black spots on your Roses and pests like snails and slugs on your plants.

3. Prune Perennials and Climbers

Cut back perennials that are overgrown or have wilted flowers to tidy up their shape. Prune Wisteria and climbing shrubs such as climbing Roses, once they have finished flowering.

4. Tomato Care

tomatoes

While your Tomatoes are growing, remove the lower leaves from the plant to help reduce the risk of disease. By removing these low growing leaves, the rest of the leaves have more space to enjoy the sun rays.

5. Plan for Bulb Planting Season

Now is the perfect time to start planning your spring 2021 garden. From amazing Tulips to delicate Daffodils, our extensive range of autumn-planting bulbs is available online for dispatch from mid-September.

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5 Essential Summer Gardening Tips

The sun is out, spring flowers are at their peak, and summer is on its way! With June just around the corner, learn how to keep your garden looking beautiful all-season long with our top 5 essential summer gardening tips.

1. Watch the Weeds!

Weeds can be inevitable, even in the most well-kept gardens. As the weather gets warmer, the weeds come out, but there are ways of deterring them from growing in your garden. We recommend:

  • Applying mulch
  • Weed after it rains when the soil is moist
  • Cultivating

2. Fertilise

There are many types of fertiliser on the market, so make sure to find a fertiliser will work best in your garden. The healthiest gardens use some type of fertiliser because most soil does not provide an adequate amount of nutrients to plants and flowers. A mid-summer application to boost the colour and condition during the hottest months

3. Watering Schedule

The very best time to water plants is in the early morning or late evening, while it is still cool. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.

4. Pruning Shrubs

Early summer is the time to prune many of the spring-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela. Prune off growth that has just finished flowering down to an outward facing bud, along with any damaged or crossing branches within the shrub, which should be removed either to suitable growth or completely. 

5. Finish Planting Annual Bedding Plants

If you didn’t have time to plant out your tender bedding plants in May, there’s still time to get them into the ground or their new containers as soon as you can in June. Make sure to place them in good light, so they do not become drawn and spindly in the shade.

Throughout summer, regular deadheading will keep them looking fresh and neat and you will quickly realise what brilliant value for money bedding plants are.Have a happy, flower-filled summer.