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Top Tips for November / December

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Plants

 

  • Bring in frost tender plants. Protect others in the garden with horticultural fleece – bays and olives in pots can be vulnerable in severe winters
  • Plant Tulip Bulbs
  • Finish planting containers with winter bedding and evergreens
  • Plant container grown and root-balled hedges and trees
  • Fill empty gaps in the garden with evergreen shrubs like laurel, holly, pittosporum, photinia, ceanothus, skimmia and euonymus. Delights of the winter garden include the winter-flowering cherry (Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis), Viburnum bodnantense Charles Lamont or Dawn, coloured-stemmed dogwoods, Sarcococca (scented winter box)
  • Untidy perennials can be trimmed now but cold-sensitive varieties should be left until later in Spring as the foliage provides frost protection
  • Prune Autumn fruiting raspberries to the ground. Prune blackcurrants.
  • Plant rhubarb crowns or pot-grown plants
  • Plant over-wintered onion sets, lettuces and spinach If the ground drains well plant garlic and shallots

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Watering / Garden Care

 

  • Raise terracotta pots off the ground to prevent frost damage
  • Clear leaves from pathways, lawns and around box hedging. Those on the borders provide shelter over the winter for beneficial insects. Net ponds
  • Compost leaves into leaf-mould or mix with other garden compost, turn to aerate. Don’t add diseased leaves or woody material
  • Feed the birds and clean bird feeders and baths regularly to prevent disease
  • Clear the veg garden. Spread over manure and let the frost work its magic

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Thinking Ahead

 

  • Plan ahead for lots of colour next Spring by planting rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. They need an acidic, ericaceous compost
  • Prepare for Autumn winds by checking tree stakes and ties are secure. Prune leggy buddlejas and roses to prevent root rock

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Lawns

 

  • Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
  • Continue lawn renovation and moss control

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The Hertfordshire Garden Centre.

Redding Lane,
Redbourn,
St Albans,
Hertfordshire.
AL3 7PS

Tel: 01582 792255

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