More December Tips and Thoughts

Hemsley Gardening - the friendly gardenersWhat a wet, dull and cold snap we are having. Absolutely no enthusiasm for pottering in the frozen wasteland that was once the garden! So instead been browsing the interweb and come across a few more tips for December. Its amazing how much good information there is available via Google and the sites it throws-up.

Anyway the tips:

  • Refirm the roots of any shrubs that may have been lifted by frost.
  • After all the windy weather check fence posts and panels and repair if they have become loose or damaged.
  • Make sure that the shed roof is still water tight.
  • Dig over beds not only prepares the soil for next year, it helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds.
  • Check out Garden Swap Shop, where you can swap your excess seeds and plants with other website members
  • If fallen leaves are a problem in your garden try to remove them from the lawn as regularly as possible. If you wait until all the leaves have dropped, your grass will be fighting for survival under a cold damp blanket of moist, rotting vegetation.
  • While its quiet in the garden take the opportunity to do any hard landscaping work.
  • Clear ivy from around windows and cut back any loose stems on other clinging climbers such as Hydrangea petiolaris, Pileostegia, Schizophragma and Parthenocissus before the winds peel them back further.

Only 10 more shopping days until Christmas so got to go! Urghhh

December Gardening Tips

Gardening in DecemberAs December is here and everyone’s thoughts are turning to Christmas – love it or not, thought we’d pen some general tips for activity in your garden. Get you away from presents and wrapping if you so desire!

Not in any particular order of importance, just a random collection.

Would welcome any additional tips/thoughts/anecdotes:

  • Minimize traffic on a frozen lawn to reduce winter damage
  • Drain the fuel tank of the lawn mower before putting the machine away for the winter
  • Make a composting trench to enrich soil
  • Dig over vacant areas
  • Mow your lawn on a dry day with the blades set high
  • Wrap outside taps with insulation material to prevent them freezing and turn off the water supply inside your house
  • Place a floating heater or a ball in ponds to stop ice completely covering the surface
  • Move tender or valuable houseplants away from cold window sills every evening
  • Carry on digging over beds and borders and incorporate as much organic matter as you can
  • Keep raking leaves to keep your garden clear over the winter
  • Take care not to let leaves accumulate around alpines – they will die if left damp for long

That’s it for now – more thoughts as we go through the month. Stay warm and dry if you can.