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Head Gardener's tips for December

1st December 2016

  • Prune rambling and climbing roses. Remember that newly planted roses do not need much pruning for the first 3 years or so. As a general rule for established climbers/ramblers, remove around 20% of the older wood each year to encourage rejuvenation of the rose over time.
  • Continue to clear leaves from lawn areas and borders. Ideally, shred them to help them break down more rapidly. Leaf mould is particularly useful as a mulch around sensitive plants and as a soil conditioner for root vegetables
  • Remove dead leaves from house and glasshouse plants to maximise air circulation and reduce botrytis. The partnership of wet and cold is deadly to some plants. Keep them on the drier side with plenty of ventilation.
  • Prune apple trees to maintain an open canopy and to encourage new replacement growth. Again, a general rule of 20% removal of the older wood to keep the plant rejuvenated. At this quieter time in the garden, beware! Don’t become overenthusiastic about fruit tree pruning.  Too much pruning can reduce the fruiting of the tree the following year.
  • Eat lots of mince pies and don’t worry about working it all off until January with all that digging and mulching! Happy Christmas!

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