Is December the time for you to pack away all those garden tools in your shed? Does the inclement weather indicate December is a right – off? On the contrary, for any DIY gardener December is still a busy month with several essential maintenance jobs to be carried out and a few Garden Plants and Shrubs that can also be planted.
Depending on where you might be December’s weather conditions is often quite extreme (chilly, a lot of rain, some snow and perhaps very windy). In the northern hemisphere, it is prudent to keep an eye on the winter weather and carefully prepare that which you are planning to get done on those sunny days when they come along.
A great deal of debris (autumn dead leaves and plant material) would have accumulated in the garden as the change of the seasons has had its effect on the garden. This ought to be cleared, burned off or moved to your garden compost site (in the event you haven’t done it already). Dead leaves will start to decay together with the autumn grass cuttings to make good compost. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be forgotten that certain insects (lady birds) and some little creatures do use this garden debris like a wintertime habitat so maybe one should be selective rather than clear away all garden waste from the garden. Everything in moderation, as they say.
It’s also important to protect Garden Plants and Flowers from the frost and transfer those very sensitive ones (where possible) into your greenhouse or provide them with some protection to ensure that they survive. Furthermore, covering garden beds containing frost sensitive plants with bracken (like a weedy fern) would afford some kind of frost protection.
Winter can be the time for you to perform the required upkeep to wooden garden furniture (benches and chairs), sheds and fencing panels by coating them with the suitable wood preserve. It would in addition be prudent to eradicate moss, algae and lichen from the garden paving and patios by making use of a commercial patio cleaner.
It would be a good thought to plan ahead for the new gardening year by carrying out preparatory work on your herb / vegetable beds. The soil in these beds ought to be weeded, worked loose (and excess stones removed). Working in fresh manure afterwards will actually enhance the yield capability of those beds in the months to come.
It is not too late in December to plant some bulbs in your own patio pots. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips come to mind as being a favourite selection. Ensure though that they’re protected from the frost by encasing the pots using a layer of bubble wrap. Co – ordination of one’s planting regime and technique will ensure a amazing collage of colour when in bloom. Clay pots (of the correct size to suit the plant) that provide decent drainage are necessary.
Late December is a great time to tend to those awkward overgrown shrubs that will need transplanting. After reviewing your garden master plan, prepare a acceptable planting hole for that shrub in question. Enrich the soil in the hole by adding a lot of compost. Very carefully remove the shrub from its old location by digging wide around the plant and beneath the major root cluster (slice off any superfluous roots). Transplant immediately, make certain the roots are correctly covered with soil and water adequately.
As you plan out your gardening tasks for December it’s important that you source the garden furniture preserve, patio cleaner and those bulbs you intend to plant from a dependable source. Shopping for Garden Plants Online will afford you the opportunity to immediately compare cost. Keen vendors may well provide some deal on delivery too. You may perhaps desire to have a look at My DIY Garden which has an considerable selection of plants and some garden upkeep materials from leading UK outlets at bargain rates.
We hope our thoughts are of some help as you plan out your December gardening jobs.