Tree

Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Check on young trees to ensure that they are not developing bad forking habits and remove one side of a fork if necessary. It is easy to see these problems now that the leaves are gone. Prune the lower branches off garden trees, though not cherries, to allow light to reach lower plants. Delay tree planting if the ground is very wet because the ground drainage can be affected in the root zone and this can lead to heavy losses. Roses can be pruned at any time, and new bushes or climbers planted too.
Flowers

Flowers

Put out a few pansies or winter cyclamen for a bit of colour in containers or use some evergreen plants to give life to the garden close to the house entrance. Division and re-planting of perennials can be carried out in reasonably dry weather, not too frosty as many flowers react very badly to being moved into cold, wet ground.If the tops of perennial flowers have become too damaged by the weather, they should be taken off and composted. 

 

Lawn

Lawn

Lawns can be mowed during a fine dry spell to tidy the surface, keeping ht blades a notch higher than usual.Lawn moss can be treated with sulphate of iron in settled weather.The edges to beds and borders should be trimmed if there is a chnace to freshen the look of the garden.
Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Overgrown herb plants can be cut back or divided and re-planted. Fruit tree pruning can be carried out, except on plums and cherries. Fruit trees and bushes can be planted at any time if the soil is not too wet. Compost heaps can be dug out and the compost spread on vegetable ground or for digging in.
Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

Water very little to reduce the risk of grey mould disease and ventilate a little on a dry sunny day.Keep tender plants off the ground on a bench and give them good light.Wash down the glass or polythene to increase light transmission and this improves plant health.

 

Plant of the Day 22 December 2014

Plant of the Day 22 December 2014
Ilex aquifolium ‘Golden Milkboy’    holly

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