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Garden Care

 

Fruit trees, roses and their surrounding soil can now be sprayed with organic winter wash – this kills off many over-wintering pests and diseases.

 

Try to avoid walking on lawns during frosty and extremely wet weather – this damages the grass, which can take until next spring to recover.

 

Continue to remove fallen leaves from lawns and borders to stop them blocking out light and moisture.  Add the leaves to a compost heap, or make leaf mould.

 

Cut back the old foliage of deciduous ornamental grasses, to within a few centimetres of the ground, before new growth begins.

 

Start to winter prune wisterias, cutting back summer side shoots to two or three buds.

 

Harvest holly with berries for making Christmas garlands and wreaths; stand them in a bucket of water until you’re ready to use them.

 

Last chance to plant tulip bulbs, these can still be planted into frost-free ground and patio pots for a wonderful display next spring.

 

Apply grease bands to the trunks of fruit trees to prevent wingless female winter moths climbing the trunks and laying their eggs in the branches.