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■ Hit by snow and frost this week? Avoid walk­ing on snowy lawns as this will cause dam­age. Brush ex­cess snow off branches, hedges and green­houses.

Frost may have black­ened some plants – you can re­move the dam­age in spring. Newly planted shrubs can lift up dur­ing hard frosts so firm gen­tly back in.

■ You might be too busy with Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions to do any gar­den­ing this week, but if the sun does come out, it can be great to get a bit of time out­doors.

There’s al­ways plenty of tidy­ing up to do around this time of year, clear­ing leaves, weed­ing and cut­ting back dead peren­ni­als.

■ Pinch out the tops of au­tumn planted wall­flow­ers to cre­ate stronger flow­er­ing plants.

■ Block any drainage holes on pots for forc­ing rhubarb with black poly­thene to ex­clude light. Only force grow ev­ery other year – al­ter­nate these years with nat­u­ral grow­ing.

■ Peaches and apri­cots grown against a fence or wall can be given some pro­tec­tion against peach leaf curl by erect­ing a rain shel­ter made of plas­tic. It should cover the top of the tree but al­low ac­cess for pol­li­nat­ing through the open side ends. Keep in place un­til mid-may.

■ Put out fresh wa­ter for birds when ponds are frozen.

■ De­cem­ber is prun­ing time for out­door grape vines.

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