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Top Gardening Tasks for December

As winter settles in, many might think that gardening takes a backseat until spring arrives.

However, avid gardeners know that December can be a surprisingly busy month for tending to your green space. While the cold weather may limit some activities, there are still plenty of tasks that can be undertaken to ensure your garden stays healthy and vibrant.

Pruning and Trimming

December is an ideal time to prune and trim deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Remove any dead or diseased branches to promote healthy growth come spring. Be mindful not to prune early-flowering shrubs, as you may cut off next year’s blooms.

Protect Tender Plants

Shield vulnerable plants from harsh winter weather by covering them with horticultural fleece or straw. This is particularly important for potted plants, which are more susceptible to freezing temperatures.

Winter Mulching

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to protect roots from frost and help retain moisture. Coarse compost or bark chips are excellent choices. Mulching also suppresses weeds that may otherwise compete for nutrients.

Read our handy guide for preparing your garden for mulch here.

Maintain Tools

Take advantage of the quieter winter months to clean, sharpen, and oil your gardening tools. This ensures they are in top condition for the coming spring and helps prevent the spread of diseases between plants.

Sow Winter Crops

While it may seem counterintuitive, December is an excellent time to sow hardy vegetables like winter lettuces, spinach, and broad beans. These crops can endure the cold and provide fresh produce during milder spells.

Check for Pests

Inspect your garden for signs of pests and diseases. Addressing these issues early prevents them from becoming more significant problems later on. Remove any dead plant material that may harbour pests or diseases.

Enjoy Your Garden

Lastly, take a moment to simply enjoy your garden during the festive season. Even in winter, gardens can be magical places. Decorate outdoor spaces with festive lights, ornaments, and perhaps a winter-friendly centrepiece.

Embrace the season, and let your garden continue to bring joy and beauty throughout the winter months.

 

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