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 lawns 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 before it falls in the water.
Prune redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries if you haven’t already done so.