TOP TIPS FOR THE DE­CEM­BER GAR­DEN

Devon Life - - Gardens -

Keep an eye on overnight tem­per­a­tures. En­sure ten­der plants are ei­ther un­der­cover or pro­tected from the el­e­ments.

Keep on top of leaf col­lect­ing. A build-up of leaves will dam­age lawns and smaller plants and the re­sult­ing leaf mold can be used to im­prove soil struc­ture. Cover ponds with net­ting to pre­vent leaf lit­ter from clog­ging up this im­por­tant habi­tat.

In­spect trees and shrubs. Look out for dead or dam­aged ma­te­rial and signs of fun­gus. Seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice for any­thing that you can’t safely re­move. Ven­ti­late the green­house on warmer days to re­duce hu­mid­ity and the risk of dis­ease. Avoid walk­ing on your lawn if it is blan­keted by heavy frost or snow, as this will dam­age the grass be­neath.

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