What to do in your garden in December
As well as enjoying your outdoor space this month, you’ll also need to keep at least half an eye on your lawn and your beds. The office may be closed, but insect pests could still be hard at work. Watering and feeding are especially important during summer – it’s vital to give thirsty plants what they need to flourish (without wasting water, of course).
Give your lawn lots of TLC during December, including watering, feeding and mowing. A high-nitrogen feed will help to green up your lawn, while setting the blades on your mower to leave the grass a little longer will mean that the roots get more shade, and the grass can photosynthesise more, and create more food. When using lawn fertiliser, water well both before and after applying.
If you have a water garden or pond, you’ll get the most enjoyment from your water lilies if you divide them and replant them in pots with enriched soil.
As you walk around your garden, deadhead summer-flowering annuals (and feed them) – this way, you’ll prolong their flowering season and ensure an (almost) endless summer of colour and floral scents.
It’s important to keep caring for your roses: use a special rose food, and treat them preventatively for the most common summer pests and diseases, including red spider mite, blackspot, and powdery mildew.
If you’re going away this summer, either place indoor plants in a tub with water, or ask a neighbour to pop in and water them. Avoid giving the impression that no-one’s home, but at the same time, be certain to lock away garden equipment – power tools especially are susceptible to theft.
Most of all, enjoy your garden – and share those moments with those closest to you.