IF MILD AND NOT WATERLOGGED.
Mark out and dig new beds/borders.
Clear leaves and other debris from shrub borders or beds.
Dig over un worked soil and clear perennial weeds.
Check trellises etc. and tie in or replace existing plant ties.
Remove dead, diseased or broken branches from trees and shrubs.
Bare root deciduous hardy shrubs and trees can be planted.
Hedges can be tidied and cut to shape.
Continue planting hardy shrubs and trees.
Begin pruning overgrowing shrubs etc. which need pruning before flowering.
If lawn areas are not waterlogged, consider repairing damaged edges.
In mild conditions you can begin pruning roses by the end of Feb.
Deciduous hedges can be still cut back.
March is ideal to begin weeding borders and mulching, after damping the soil.
Divide border perennials before new growth starts.
Complete planting bare root roses, shrubs and trees.
Look for bare areas in borders and choose plants to fill gaps.
Lightly prune early summer flowering Clematis, removing shoots with no live buds.
Cut back hard later flowering Clematis to 3-6” of previous growth.
Late March, reseed bare patches of lawn and level hollow areas if weather is suitable..
In dry conditions, look to scarify lawns to remove thatch, and continue through the spring.
Plan and sow or turf new lawns if suitable.
Cut and box grass once growth reaches 3”.Clear worm casts and other debris beforehand.
Continue planting hedging plants.
Continue mulching borders, applying on to damp soil.
Support and stake border perennials where appropriate.
Hard prune Buddleja and spring flowering shrubs after flowering.
Begin mowing the lawn up to twice a week to encourage dense growth.
Complete pruning of roses by month end.
Trim upright conifers by removing 1 1/2”-2” of last years growth and tidy by removing longer shoots.
Continue planting hedges with container grown evergreens and conifers.
Weed borders and compost or dig in all annual weeds.
Top up existing mulched area to about 2” if necessary.
Prune last years growth of spring flowering Clematis after flowering.
Prune winter flowering Heathers.
Border perennials can still be planted.
Plant annual climbers such as Morning Glory, Thumbergia, Tropaeolum and Black eyed Susan and provide trellis support.
Vary your mowing direction and turning point to prevent undue wear.
Complete planting of shrubs.
Finish planting all container grown hedging plants. and water newly planted hedges regularly.
Start clipping Privet and Lonicera hedges, every month or two, to maintain shape.
Deadhead plants to encourage further flowering.
Continue weeding and controlling pests and diseased plants.
Consider planting tender plants to fill remaining gaps in borders.
Tie in new shoots on climbers and wall shrubs to prevent wind damage.
Start to prune summer flowering climbers by the 1/3 method once flowering is over.
During dry weather, mow lawns without a box, leaving the clippings to help retain moisture.
Hoe or hand weed round shrubs and clear brambles or self sown seedlings if needed. Mulch around the plant once weeded.
1/3 prune all well established shrubs after flowering.
Look for and trim extra branch growth to keep shrubs tidy.
Mulching, dead heading. staking, weeding and mowing continues, as needed, but consider ground conditions when mowing or mulching.
Plan new beds and borders, marking out, and digging or rotovating once weeds have been cleared.
1/3 prune established June flowering shrubs.
Keep hedge bases weed free and trim Beech and Hawthorn hedges as needed.
If planning to sow a new lawn, level the soil and weed thoroughly
Mow lawns lightly in periods of prolonged dry weather.
Keep weeding borders, as needed
Decide on planting schemes for new borders.
Secure all climbers to trellises by tying in loose growth to prevent wind damage later.
Continue 1/3 pruning established shrubs once flowering is over.
Apply a general fertiliser to new lawn areas a week before sowing. Once seeded, rake over and protect from birds, watering in dry weather.
Lightly scarify lawns if moss or thatch is evident, except in drought conditions.
Mowing continues once or twice a week, as growth continues.
Tie in long shoots on climbing or rambling roses and continue to deadhead regularly.
Check ties and stakes on trees and shrubs.
Complete trimming of all hedges, ideally by month end.
TRim conifer hedges by using secateurs rather than a hedge trimmer to prevent brown leaves.
Continue to deadhead plants to maintain neatness.
Hoe or hand weeding continues if soil is not too wet.
New shrub borders can be planted up now after manure or fertiliser has been forked in.
New lawns should be should be left to establish until springtime.
Established lawns can be thoroughly scarified now if not previously done regularly.
Gradually raise the cutting height on established lawns as growth slows down.
Begin general tidying by removing fallen leaves from lawns, borders and under shrub and hedges.
Hardy shrubs, herbaceous plants and alpines can all be planted now if the soil is still warm.
Spring flowering hardy annuals and biennials can also be planted.
Ideally climbers and wall shrubs can be planted in October
Winter digging is fine if the ground is not too wet. This can be continued throughout early winter.
Add compost when digging heavy clay borders to improve the soil structure.
New lawns can be given a cut to about 3/4” when the grass reaches about 2”.
October is an ideal month for laying turf which should be laid on a prepared weed free bed. The turf is best laid within 24 hours of delivery.
Worn lawn edges can be repaired by new turf or cutting, turning and seeding the hole left.
Mow less frequently as grass growth slows and clear worm casts beforehand.
Hardy deciduous trees, shrubs and conifers can all be planted, ensuring bonemeal is added to the planting hole.
Final pruning of shrubs should also be done.
Finish planting hedges adding bonemeal to the planting soil.
All remaining weeds etc. can be gathered and added to the compost heap.
Leaves can be recycled into leaf mould.
Take a final look to clear as much debris from the garden to prevent disease and pests flourishing.
Roses can be planted or successfully moved if conditions allow.
Un pruned roses can be pruned to prevent wind rock.
Prune Wisteria for increased flowering.
Check stakes and ties on all trees shrubs etc. and replace where needed.
Cover all vulnerable plants to protect from frost and snow.
Only mow if the lawn is frost free and not waterlogged. Grass stops growing when temperatures fall below four degrees.
Dig out perennial weeds such as Brambles and remove all dead plant material from shrubs.
If conditions allow, continue to plant hardy plants .
Continue digging new borders allowing the frosts to break down the soil over winter.
Wisterias should be given their main prune now and new shoots tied in to promote extra cover growth.
Winter is an ideal time to maintain fencing and other wooden features.
December is a quiet month for outdoor gardening but consider protecting tender plants against extreme weather by erecting fine mesh screens around the plant or use fleece sheeting.
Excessive snow should be knocked off branches to prevent breakages.
It is still possible to plant bare root deciduous trees shrubs and hedging plants if the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.
Any remaining flowering shrubs may also be pruned.
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