●● INSULATE containers to reduce the risk of roots freezing. ●● TACKLE overgrown deciduous hedging, pruning it back hard to encourage new growth for next season. Don’t trim evergreen hedges now. ●● APPLY a bulky organic mulch around the base of trees, shrubs and climbers. ●● PLANT bare-root and container-grown roses. ●● PLANT tulips, lilies and hyacinths in beds, borders and containers. ●● CUT back the top growth on ornamental grasses that don’t look attractive at this time of year. ●● THIN out canes on established bamboos. ●● CLEAR fallen leaves from the lawn, beds and borders. ●● BRUSH toadstools off the lawn using a broom. ●● PROTECT less hardy bulbs such as nerines and agapanthus by mulching the area where they are planted. ●● SEND off for catalogues from specialist fruit tree nurseries. ●● CUT back faded foliage from pond and marginal plants.