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Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in December:

  • Prune apple and Pear trees, so long as they are not trained against a wall.

  • Prune Acers, Birches & Vines before Christmas, to prevent the sap bleeding.

  • Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted, transplanted, pruned and renovated during the dormant season.

  • Take hardwood and root cuttings.

  • Dogwoods, Willow and Rubus all have colourful winter stems and hardy Cyclamen Coum will also add colour to the winter garden.

  • Apply fleece or appropriate protection to tender outdoor plants, should the weather dictate or if feasible bring indoors into the conservatory/greenhouse.

  • Prevent ponds from freezing over. 

  • Raise patio containers/ pots onto feet/bricks to prevent winter water-logging.

  • Finish clearing leaves and compost/dispose of.

  • Weed beds in preparation for Spring mulch and apply mulch now to protect borderline hardy plant material.

  • Continue to cut back spent herbaceous material, in milder areas these can still be lifted and divided.

  • Some bulbs can still be planted for early colour next year.

Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional Gardener & Horticultural Specialist. fabianlee001@gmail.com


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