Trees, Shrubs and Roses
Plant shelter belts, hedges, and woodland areas, ideally planting small bare-root whips or transplants, which are relatively cheap to buy, establish well and are easily planted. Move deciduous trees or shrubs that need more room or are simply in the wrong place. Most deciduous shrubs move successfully. In exposed districts, stop planting garden evergreens. Plant roses of all kinds now to ensure that root growth will be well underway before spring.
It is not too late to put in a few spring flowers in pots, especially near the front door and in time for the festive season.Perennial flowers can be planted, or lifted, divided and re-planted if they have grown too big. Bulbs potted up for forcing should be lifted and brought into a warm place to flower.
Do not walk on lawn areas if they have become soggy, to avoid causing soil compaction, but if the weather is good and the ground firm, the grass should be mowed. Lawns not mowed in winter will be difficult to mow next spring. Lawn mosskiller, such as sulphate of iron, can still be applied if there is a lot of moss present.
Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
Fruit trees and bushes of all kinds are available now and can be planted immediately. An excellent choice of varieties is available to choose. Lift any remaining root crops and store them is a suitable shed or pit outdoors. Continue to tidy the vegetable garden and make sure to clear off weeds, not letting them to grow on over winter. Plant rhubarb stools in a sunny spot in good soil. Lift rhubarb for forcing in a black bag in a warm place.
Greenhouse and House Plants
Water very little to reduce the risk of grey mould disease. Make sure a greenhouse frost protection heater is working to save tender plants, such as geraniums or fuchsias, on a frosty night. A small electric heater is cheap to buy and cheap to run. Remove all debris and dead plants and ventilate occasionally.