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Forest Lodge Garden Centre for great value and garden inspiration

December

  • Cut back herbaceous borders and then mulch thickly with organic material such as bark or manure.
  • Protect delicate ferns, palms and evergreens from cold by wrapping in Horticultural Fleece, and fleece jackets
  • Net winter vegetables like cabbage and brussel sprouts to keep pigeons off and continue to harvest winter crops.
  • Remove any greenhouse shading, and replace with bubble insulation to keep plants warmer.
  • Remove pumps from ponds and fountains to prevent splitting in freezing conditions.
  • Move patio pots to a sheltered position to give support and protection from frost damage.
  • Insulate or drain outside taps.
  • Continue to prune apples and pear trees if they are in open ground. Fruit trees against walls should be done later and spray with a winter fruit tree wash to prevent winter moth.
  • Pruning is easier than it sounds and is essential for a good crop. Why not call in for advice on how to do this and a member of our plant team will be happy to explain.
  • Check your greenhouse heaters are working and make sure you have enough fuel to run them through the winter.
  • Don’t forget to periodically check plants that you have wrapped up for water as it is surprising how much they need through the winter months.
  • If it’s mild, prune acers, birches and vines. If you have them in the greenhouse, cut them down from supporting wires and let them hang down for a few months before tying them up again in the spring.
  • Plant deciduous trees and shrubs if the weather is mild, taking hardwood cuttings of your favourite shrubs to ensure you don’t lose them if the winter is hard.
  • Enjoy your Christmas and New Year celebrations!
Forest Lodge Garden Centre is part of a family business, which includes Birdworld and Garden Style