Look After Your Garden With Our December Garden Jobs
December is always one of the busiest months of the year, with Christmas and New Year taking up most of the month, but we have put together a list of jobs that can fit around even the busiest schedules and will ensure your garden looks beautiful when spring comes back around.
1. Decorate your garden for the festive season
One of the best parts about the festive season is decorating! For your garden, the perfect way to do this is with a wreath, some fairy lights, and a small festive tree or two. For more ways on how to decorate your garden from Christmas, check out our blog on it here.
2. Protect Terracotta pots from cracking in freezing weather by bringing them indoors or wrapping them with a form of insulation
We know how important it is to find nice pots for your garden, and it is just as important to ensure you protect them from cracking over the winter. You can do this by wrapping the pots in bubble wrap, fleece, straw, hessian, or another form of insulation. This will help to protect your pots and plants until spring, where the weather is warmer and the frosts are less severe.
3. Spread fresh gravel or grit around alpine plants
No matter the season it is important to look out for pests that can damage or kill your plants. When it gets to December take the time to spread fresh gravel or grit around your alpine plants. This helps to protect not only the soil underneath, but it also protects your plants from pests.
4. Look out for birds and put out fresh water for them every day
Over the winter birds food supply becomes more scarce and with the colder temperatures water sources can freeze over. To help out your local wildlife put some fresh water out daily, so they always have access to a drink and bath.
5. Hang bird feeders to attract hungry birds, they will also pick off any overwintering pests
In addition to putting out water, it is important to put food out for birds. This will encourage them to return to your garden and in turn, will provide you with a natural method of pest control.
6. Save the colourful wrappers from your Quality Streets, as they are made from cellulose, and add them to your compost heap
Did you know that the colourful film which we all picture when we think of a box of Quality Streets, is actually compostable? The film is made from cellulose, derived from wood pulp, and breaks down in a compost bin within a few weeks. So enjoy all the chocolates you want and add some colour to your compost bin this Christmas.
7. Leave the faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until spring, as they provide frost protection to the swelling buds further down the stems
You want to look after your hydrangeas over the winter so they can look beautiful next year, so don’t remove the faded flower heads off of your plant. By keeping them on, you are providing important frost protection to the swelling buds further down the stems.
8. Check your greenhouse heaters are working
There is nothing worse than realising too late that something crucial to your garden over the winter, like your greenhouse heater, isn’t working. So check them now to ensure you aren’t caught off guard when the frosts hit later into winter. Or, if you are looking into getting a greenhouse, don’t miss out on researching this piece of equipment – they are a real asset to any garden.