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Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

AVOID WALK­ING ON LAWNS

Frosty foot­steps can make the grass blades break.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR APHIDS

You might find them over­win­ter­ing on ten­der plants in the green­house. Re­mem­ber to check un­der the leaves as well as the stems. Re­move dead flow­ers and fo­liage promptly to im­prove air cir­cu­la­tion around plants.

HAR­VEST HOLLY FOR WIN­TER DEC­O­RA­TIONS

Wear gloves and use sharp se­ca­teurs to cut off at­trac­tive holly stems. Pop them in a bucket of wa­ter and cut off the stem bases with a slop­ing cut to im­prove wa­ter take up. Store in a shed or garage un­til you need them.

LEAVE FADED HY­DRANGEA FLOW­ERS

Don’t cut them back – they look at­trac­tive when coated in frost and pro­vide a cosy win­ter home for a range of small ben­e­fi­cial in­sects.

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