Some great Autumnal gardening advise, sent in to us from Pengelly Estate Services
Garden Advice – November Leaves are falling rapidly, and wind and rain are on the increase. Tender plants will need protecting from frost, gales and freezing rains. Move plants into the greenhouse, or into a sheltered spot. Remember winter can be a tough time for birds in terms of water and food, so keep supplies well topped up.
Top tips this month • Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds • Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging • Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year & plant out winter bedding • Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well • Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden • Start planting bare rooted trees.
Gardening Advice – December Frost, rainfall and winds are increasingly common, sunshine hours are much reduced and it can be bitter with a risk of snow. You may not want to be working outside at this time of year, but luckily there's not a lot to do. Keep an eye on winter protection, and if you have a greenhouse, make sure the heater works. It's time to think about pruning apples and pears too.
Top tips for this month • Check that greenhouse heaters are working OK • Prevent ponds and stand pipes from freezing • Prune over-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls) • Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding • Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
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