Recommended tasks and hints for December
Feed the birds in cold weather and don’t allow ponds and bird baths to freeze over.
Continue winter digging incorporating organic matter.
Clean paths, repair sheds and fences.
Prune woody ornamental plants, fruit trees and bushes.
Prune tall bush roses to guard against wind rock.
Cut autumn raspberries back to ground level.
Plant out bare-root shrubs, roses and trees and keep them well watered so the roots can spread and establish.
If you’ve been forcing bulbs for an indoor display then now is the time to bring them inside to a well-lit, cool spot.
Stake or earth up your sprout plants to prevent damage caused by wind rock.
Keep off the grass in frosty weather. Black footprints do not look good!
Insulate garden taps and any exposed pipes.