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 make sure your garden stays happy and healthy.

Dig up dinner

Now is the time to harvest those delicious root vegetables that you sowed earlier in the year. Leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage and Brussels sprouts are all ready to dig up and make the perfect companions to this year’s Christmas dinner.

Robin Christmas December

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

If it’s a white Christmas, make sure 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 loads more advice on caring for the birds in your garden this winter on our blog.

Clear pathways to make sure that it’s safe to get around your outdoor space if 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 definitely 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 weaving a set of rope lights around a bush or tree. Take a look at our entire outdoor lights range here.

It’s a wrap

If you haven’t already, make sure that winter protection is in place in your garden. Put protection fleece on your vulnerable crops, keep outdoor taps and pipes covered and chuck a ball in ponds to help stop them from freezing over.

Your December garden to dos:

Fruit and veg

Garden Vegetables December

  • 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

Lawn

  • Aerate the lawn with a garden fork
  • Avoid walking and playing on the lawn as much as possible

Ornamental

  • It’s not too late to plant spring bulbs in pots
  • Prune clematis
  • Plant bare rooted trees and shrubs

Hard gardening

  • Insulate pots and containers
  • Apply fleece
  • Check fences and wooden structures
  • Keep pathways clear of algae
  • Clear gutters

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