As December sets in, daylight hours decrease and the risk of frost, wind and rain increase. December can however be a very picturesque time in the garden and there are a few essential jobs that can be done to ensure your garden remains happy and healthy.
Dig up dinner
Now is the time to harvest those delicious root vegetables that were sown earlier in the year. Leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage and sprouts should all be ready to dig up, cook up and enjoy!
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Should we experience a white Christmas make sure that there’s plenty of food out for the birds who will desperately appreciate it this time of year. They’ll go wild for our fat balls, peanuts, suet pellets and sunflower hearts! Shop the full range here and find lots more advice on caring for the birds in your garden this winter via our blog.
Clear pathways to ensure that it’s safe to get around your outdoor space should you need to. Scatter a little rock salt to prevent the area from becoming slippery should it frost back over. Or why not try grit-based cat litter as a pet-friendly option?
Get outdoors and have some fun making snow angels and building a snowman. There are so many ways to enjoy the garden and getting wrapped up warm and embracing the outdoors is certainly one of them!
Let there be light
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to fill your outdoor space with light. Whether it’s with our innovative connectable string lights or a novelty Christmas character, your outdoor space will soon be brimming with personality! We love the effect that’s created when draping a net of lights over a bush or tree. Take a look at our entire outdoor lights collection here.
It’s a wrap!
If you haven’t done so already, make sure that winter protection is in place. Wrap those outdoor taps and pipes up with a cover, invest in a greenhouse heater and chuck a ball in ponds to deter them from freezing over.
Your December garden to dos:
Fruit and Veg
- Clear beds and add compost/manure
- Prune grapevines
- Apply grease bands to fruit trees for next year
- Prune fruit trees
- Keep mice away from stored products
- Aerate the lawn with a garden fork
- Avoid walking and playing on the lawn as much as possible
- It’s not too late to plant spring bulbs in pots
- Prune clematis
- Plant bare rooted trees and shrubs
- Insulate pots and containers
- Apply fleece
- Check fences and wooden structures
- Keep pathways clear of algae
- Clear gutters