The weather outside might be frightful, but gardening can still be delightful... especially when there's some tasks you can do from the comfort of your sofa.
While December might feel more like the time to focus your efforts on decorating the tree and wrapping gifts, if you do feel so inclined, tending to your garden now will ensure it flourishes in the spring. Pruning, digging, planting and planning can all be achieved this month, as well as using the fruits of your labour to create some stunning seasonal decorations.
So sit back, grab a mulled wine and have a read to discover what you can achieve in your garden this December
Deck the halls
Evergreen plants and shrubs won't just keep your garden looking healthy over winter - they could also inspire some handmade decorations. Use berries and leaves to create garlands, or rustle up a wreath from materials you forage - the likes of holly, pine sprigs, ivy, coinfer sprigs, birch twigs and even seedheads from sunflowers or hydrangeas can all be used to make beautiful festive pieces to adorn your front door or Christmas dining table with.
Take advantage of your garden's 'down time' where fewer things are growing, and use this opportunity to dig over bare areas of ground and add compost. Mushroom compost is especially good for this task as it has a high organic matter content, which helps to improve soil quality.
Making the cut
Winter is the ideal time to prune - with fewer leaves on the trees and shrubs the task in hand will be easier, and come spring your plants will be rejuvenated. It’s important to prune correctly though - failure to do so could result in unhealthy plants and potential dieback disease. When pruning, always ensure you’re making the cut at the right distance from the bud - too close and you risk damaging the bud, but too far away and the wood could die off. Getting the perfect angle to your cut is also important in promoting healthy plant growth.
It might feel as though there's not much you can plant when it's cold, but winter flowering shruba can be planted now to give your garden a much needed boost of colour. Shrubs such as Viburnum, Sarcococca confusa and Camellia will all work well at this time of year and bring a bit of cheer with them.
For a plentiful harvest of fruits come next summer and autumn, you’ll want to think about planting raspberries, blackberries and strawberries over the winter. You could also plant blueberries now and reap the benefits of their pretty flowers come early spring. If you’re a fan of rhubarb, now is also a good time to consider planting some up - use some manure to help aid growth.
Plot your plot
Everyone's favourite kind of gardening task - the kind you can do from the comfort of your sofa. With a mulled wine in one hand and a pen in the other, use colder or wetter days when you can't get out in the garden to plan how you want it to look next year. Make a list of the things you might need to make this happen too - tools, plants and gardening vouchers all make great gifts, so asking for them may well avoid the risk of getting yet another scarf. If you're thinking of creating raised beds in your garden, try our raised bed kit which has everything you need.
Hedge your bets
During the warmer months, hedges can get unruly and keeping on top of them can feel like an arduous task. By contrast, tackling them in December will feel much more rewarding - deciduous hedges will be dormant now, so now's the time to cut them back and neaten things up. The lack of leaves will mean you can really craft the shapes you desire. Do this before hard frost sets in.
Make the cut
Now that we've entered the dormant season for deciduous plants, it's the ideal time to take hardwood cuttings of your fruit plants, trees, climbers and shrubs.
When planting in the ground, you'll need to give the cuttings the ideal growing environment, so dig a trench in a sheltered area of the garden, and use organic matter to fill it.
Plant your cuttings so they're two thirds of the way down into the ground, and then wait patiently (likely until next autumn) for your new arrivals.
The arrival of winter is imminent, and we’re sure much of your attention has turned to decking the halls, frenzied shopping trips and tracking down that elusive turkey. Yes, Christmas is coming, bringing with it colder days, darker nights and a need to consider preparing both your indoor and outdoor spaces for the chillier months ahead.
And, while we sadly can’t help you track down the rare bottle of Scotch your dad’s after, or the limited edition trainers your teen’s requested, we do have plenty of supplies to help you, your house and your garden get ready for winter. Read on to discover our top picks.
Don’t risk slipping and sliding in treacherous weather - nobody wants to spend Christmas in A&E with a broken ankle when they could be enjoying charades with the family. (Well, for some the former may be preferable…) Our white rock salt is suitable for gritting driveways, pavements or garden paths in icy weather. 20kg bags are just £7.20, and we offer multi-purchase discounts for buying bulk bags. Seeing as it’s the season of goodwill, perhaps stock up on several and help your neighbours avoid an icy peril, too.
If you’ve got a fire or wood burning stove, then on those bleak midwinter days you’ll want to cosy up and keep warm beside it. Or, maybe braving an outdoor fire pit is more your style. Either way, our kindling nets will help you get that fire lit in no time. Each net costs £5.50 and contains plenty of wood to give your fires a roaring start. Bulk buy discounts are also available, so make sure you’re well stocked ahead of any cold snaps.
You may have been fastidious and seasoned your own logs, ahead of winter. But, if the wood or weather wasn’t on your side then perhaps you need some logs to keep your fire well stocked. Our logs are seasoned hardwood FSC certified. We source these from local woodland, and they are mostly ash. On average, they measure 25cm (10inches) long by 12cm (4 inches) wide.
To ensure your logs reach you in the perfect condition, we delivered them in a ventilated landscape bag to stop the wood from sweating. Once they arrive, we suggest storing them off the ground covered with a tarpaulin - this way they’ll stay dry all winter. Use them on open fires, log burners, fire pits and wood burning stoves and enjoy a warm winter! Our logs cost £5.50 per net, or £87.50 per bulk bag.
Our tarpaulins are an essential garden item if you’re looking to keep things protected over the winter months. The 4m x 5m waterproof plastic sheeting with eyelets are great for keeping logs dry over winter, shielding your beds or even guarding your garden furniture while it’s not in use. Each sheet is £18.
Even in the colder months, your lawn needs a little TLC, and our autumn lawn fertiliser is best applied over autumn and winter. It’s high in the macro-nutrients Phosphorus and Potassium which aid disease resistance and cold hardiness as well as improving drought tolerance. One 20kg bag will cover 570 sqm, and we recommend applying 35 grams per sqm.
The growing season might be mostly over, but there’s still ways to get ahead for the spring. Using manure on empty beds to overwinter them will allow plenty of time for it to break down and give your garden the nutrients and goodness it needs. Dig the manure through your empty beds, or leave on top and let the worms do the work!
To place your order, give us a call on 0800 854 663 or visit our website at https://www.gardenscapedirect.co.uk/