OUR MONTHLY GARDENING GUIDES
JOBS FOR DECEMBER
The temperatures have dropped and we’re wrapping up warm. Typically a quieter month in the garden, there’s still plenty to be doing in your outdoor space during December! Our team at Tong are happy to help and have put together a quick guide!
ADDING INSTANT COLOUR
You can’t beat planted containers for adding colour to your garden throughout the winter months. Violas, pansies and winter heathers add colour but there’s plenty more to choose from.
TIDY THE GARDEN
Tidy your garden by cutting back the faded foliage from herbaceous perennials to smarten up your borders and prevent rotting over winter. You can also prune many deciduous trees by removing any diseased, thin or spindly growth or any crossing branches.
PREPARE THE GARDEN
Don’t let frosts take you by surprise – prepare your garden and plants for winter. Use fleece to protect less hardy plants and turn off the water and drain irrigation pipes and hoses before really cold weather arrives.
EnRICH YOUR SOIL
Enrich your soil by digging organic matter such as Westland’s farmyard manure into your soil will improve its structure, increase micro-organisms, improve fertility and help drainage!
Add structure to your garden as this time of year is perfect for erecting fences, trellis, pergolas, arches and other garden structures.
PLANT HEDGING AND TREES
It’s the right time to plant hedging and bare-rooted deciduous trees. You’ll need to prepare the ground by incorporating well-rotted farmyard manure and bone meal when planting. Remember to space according to their variety and size of plant.