In December, many of us turn our attention to the holidays, family time and cheerful displays that will chase away the darkness of the short, cold days. Late December marks the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and we officially turn the corner into the season of winter.
Gardeners begin to find some rest in December and, if you’re like us, the fireplace beckons more loudly than the back garden. Nonetheless, on sunny days it’s good to get outdoors and take care of a few gardening chores during the month.
There are a few jobs you can do during even the harshest of winters that can ensure a beautiful, lush garden once spring rolls around again.
Our top tips for December are:
- Ensure leaves are picked up. As a lawn owner, this is one thing you do need to take care of as leaf damage can be long-lasting and can affect even the toughest and roughest of lawns.
- Continue adding mulch to trees, shrubs, and planting beds.
- Cold wind and rain can wreak havoc on garden tools. Bring them indoors and be sure to clean and oil them thoroughly.
- Keep bird feeders filled, and make sure the feed doesn’t get mouldy or frozen.
- Make sure your garden hoses are drained and put away, and that outdoor taps are covered and insulated.
- Treat your lawn to our Autumn/Winter treatment. This treatment is a little different from our other treatments throughout the year. Rather than encouraging growth, it strengthens the plant for the rigours of winter. It dehydrates the moss and controls it by slowing down its activity. Book your treatment today
- If any of your lawn’s edges need repairing, now is the best time to do it. Use turf cut from other areas of the garden to neaten up the areas around flower and shrub beds.
- It is easy for items to be left on the lawn during the long, cold winter when no one goes outside very often. Stray logs, toys and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes. If an object is left on the grass during cold weather, it can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object. In the spring the grass in that area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the lawn!