More timely tasks
Cut out all-green stems from variegated shrubs before they spread and spoil the whole plant.
Deal with sapfeeding pests such as aphids that can damage flower buds and new shoots. Remove them by hand before you need to use a chemical.
Remove frost-damaged shoots from evergreens.
Mulch rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas and don’t let them dry out as this can impair flowering.
Cut out all-green stems from variegated specimens
Protect young trunks with a tree guard