What better way to warm yourself on a the frosty, winter morning than getting out into the garden? Although we are tempted to wrap up indoors, there are certain jobs that we should do in the garden in December. Here, Paraic outlines some key tasks to incorporate into your December gardening plans. He is also sharing some Christmas inspiration for your garden!
- Decorate the outside of your home with a cone-shaped, evergreen conifer or a pyramid-shaped boxwood tree. Just add some battery-operated, outdoor, fairy lights for the perfect Christmas setting. To add an extra hint of intrigue, under plant your tree with winter flowering heather. This will add colour and interest to your outdoor space over the festive period.
- Now is an ideal time to choose the perfect Christmas tree for your home this festive season. Paraic recommends the Irish-grown Nordmann Fir tree. It is a non-shed Christmas tree with rich green foliage and a fresh pine scent. The layered branch structure makes it ideal for decorating and the tree looks and smells fantastic. To find out more about real Christmas trees, including how to choose the perfect tree and how to care for it, click here.
Care Tip: Cut 3 – 4 inches off the bottom of the tree before placing it into a stand. Refill the stand with fresh water daily.
- December is the ideal month to reapply a dressing of Zero Lawn Liquid to your lawn. Zero lawn liquid kills lawn moss quickly without turning the grass black. Zero lawn liquid should be applied every six to eight weeks during the winter months. This will give you a lush green lawn come spring.
- The foliage of boxwood balls and cones can look a little tired and yellow during the winter months. Care for them by applying a dressing of Topbuxus Health Mix. Simply mix the health mix solution with water and apply to the foliage. This mix will encourage a rich green colour, that will last throughout the season.
- Remember to look after the wild birds in your garden this December, while their food is in short supply. Feed the birds with high-protein nuts and sunflower seeds, one of the best food sources for your garden songbirds.
- Prune back your fruiting trees this December. Shorten this years growth by 2/3rd’s, removing any damaged or diseased branches. Next, apply a dressing of winter wash to the entire tree to kill any overwintering pests.
- Look after your deciduous trees and shrubs by applying a dressing of winter tree wash. This product will clean the trees of overwintering bugs and pests. It is suitable for use throughout December and January.
- Install a water storage butt into your garden to help harvest rainwater. Rainwater is the cleanest water you can use in your garden. It is chemically free of chlorine and fluoride and your plants will love it. Simply install a water storage butt now to a water down-pipe on your greenhouse or home and enjoy lots of fresh, clean water next spring and summer.
- Plant scented hyacinth bulbs into patio pots. These will add a splash of colour and sweet scent to your outdoor space as you ring in the New Year.
- December remains one of the best months to plant beech hedging plants. Purple and green beech can be planted now to form a strong screen of shelter and privacy around your garden and home. Beech hedging is easy to grow, very hardy and adds fantastic seasonal colour in any garden.
Join me on Newstalk with Pat Kenny on Wednesday 12th December (after 11.30am) for our biweekly gardening review.
Do you have questions about your garden in December? If so, just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.