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AF­TER a bit of rain the gar­den can go into over­drive.

Matt Leacy from Lan­dart says set­ting the gar­den straight now will serve you well in the new year when you want to put your feet up.

“Man­ag­ing the way you main­tain your gar­den be­fore Christ­mas is im­por­tant so that you can have a de­cent break,” he says. “If you go in too early be­fore Christ­mas, you’ll have to do it all again dur­ing the Christ­mas break or just af­ter.”

Ideally, mow the lawn in the week be­fore Christ­mas and, if you have time, give any shrubs or hedges a quick trim.

“Shrubs such as plumbago and vibur­num grow re­ally quickly but give them a quick swing over with the trim­mer. Most peo­ple hit their shrubs hard at the start of spring and then they have to do it all again later.”

At this point, Matt says you should fo­cus on ar­eas that will be most vis­i­ble to guests. If you don’t have time to weed the gar­den, he has a sim­ple so­lu­tion.

“Mulch will make ev­ery­thing more pre­sentable,” he says. “Use it at the en­trance of your prop­erty. If you’ve run out of time to weed, cover it all with mulch.”

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