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Oldham Advertiser - - LEISURE -

Pre­pare cel­ery trenches, dig­ging in plenty of com­post.

Move de­cid­u­ous trees or shrubs pro­vided the soil is fit to work.

Take root cut­tings from ori­en­tal pop­pies, Prim­ula den­tic­u­lata, brun­nera, gail­lar­dia and many other plants.

Plant some dec­o­ra­tive out­door con­tain­ers for Christ­mas, fea­tur­ing win­ter-flow­er­ing heathers, skim­mia and dog­wood.

Rake up the last of the leaves.

Dig up and di­vide over­crowded clumps of ferns.

Pro­tect alpines from ex­ces­sive rain by cov­er­ing them with cloches.

If frost threat­ens, wrap sack­ing or bub­ble wrap around ter­ra­cotta and ce­ramic con­tain­ers to pre­vent them from freez­ing, or move them closer to the house.

Mulch the crowns of peren­ni­als with chipped bark or com­post to pro­tect them from the el­e­ments.

Place net­ting over your holly bushes if you want the berries for Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, or the birds may eat them all.

Check stored ten­der bulbs and corms to make sure none have gone rot­ten. If they have, pick them out and dis­pose of them.

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