Friday , December 14 2018

The winter arrival bring day and night time temperatures drop, so few things are need to be done in order to prevent frost damage. Check that you have done all you can to protect tender plants and any crops in store. The shorter days mean less hours to work outside, but give you more time for planning the next year garden.

There are still some things that can be done in the garden. Finish cutting all dead perennials down to soil level and tidy flower borders to remove plant debris that could harbor slugs, snails and other pests. Add it to the compost heap. Fork over bare patches between plants to relieve soil compaction, working garden compost into the soil as you go.

Early Winter

Spread straw or a bark mulch over the crowns of slightly tender plants and round the base of tender climbers to provide extra protection from cold. There is still proper time to plant bare-rooted trees, shrubs and roses into well prepared soil.

If you are thinking to add some new features in your garden, like a pond or a rock garden, now is the best time to plan and construct them. Build screens to protect from cold winds the newly planted conifers.

Regularly check your bulbs, corms and tubers in store and remove any that show signs of rot. Make sure that the conditions are cool, dry and frost-free, dust with sulphur powder to prevent rotting diseases.

Install new water butts to the down pipes from the house, garage or greenhouse to save water from winter rains. If you pay for water on a meter this will save you money. Remember to empty and wash out existing water butts to remove accumulated dirt.

Clean, oil, sharpen and service your tools. Keep an oily rag handy to clean the blades and handles of tools before storing them for the winter. Spray metal surfaces with light oil to prevent them from rusting. Re-use old flower pots and seed trays, scrubbing them clean inside and out, then soaking them in a solution of disinfectant.

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