November and December can often bring cold weather, wind, rain and even snow. Before you head indoors to snuggle up and prepare for the festive season, it’s time for a final clean up to prepare for Spring. Our winter gardening checklist below will take you through some of the essential jobs to tackle in November and December.
If it’s very wet keep off the lawn if possible, or protect it with a temporary path and sprinkle with sand if it’s slippery.
Continue cutting the grass all the time it keeps growing, but raise the blades.
Remove dead leaves from the lawn.
Lay turf, dig over areas for new lawns you plan to turf or sow in the spring.
Plant or move deciduous woody plants such as trees, shrubs, roses and hedges. Dig them up once the leaves have fallen, and re-plant them.
Add 1m stakes to newly planted trees to keep them stable in the ground for the first few years while the roots take hold.
Look after newly planted trees and shrubs. If the weather is dry give them a good soaking to tide them over.
Plant tulip, hyacinth and lily bulbs.
Protect young and slightly tender plants from cold by adding a deep mulch of bracken or bark chippings over the roots.
Remove dead leaves from the tops of plants.
Plant garlic, spring onions and spinach as these can all survive the cold weather if you protect them properly with some fleece and a frame
Broad beans are hardy and can be planted out in the elements.
By mid-month dig up carrots and parsnips and store them in the fridge or shed.
Harvest leeks and Brussels sprouts.
For birds, offer much-needed food and water. It’s also a good idea to clean bird baths and drinking water containers every few days.
Scrape droppings and old, discarded food off of bird tables and feeders before you add fresh food.
With a regular cleaning routine, you’ll be helping your visitors to stay healthy.
November should see the last of the falling leaves, but it remains just as essential to stay on top of their clear up.
If they cover the lawn completely and aren’t removed, the grass is starved of light and quickly becomes prone to fungal diseases and bare patches.
Garden vacuums and leaf blowers make light work of removing fallen leaves from patios and lawns.