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Don’t forget to feed the birds, as winter is the most threatening time for them. Special feeds are better than table scraps as they are especially mixed to provide all the nutrients that our feathered friends need, you will find a large selection of these in our garden shop. Water is another essential to ensure their survival, so in freezing conditions make sure that their supply is available.
Save on energy costs by insulating the greenhouse with bubble plastic. this will save up to 30% of heat loss in a heated greenhouse. At Aylett Nurseries we sell this product by the metre along with the special fixing clips.
Protect plants vulnerable to frosts. Thermo fleece is an excellent product to tuck those special specimens up for the winter. It has the advantage of allowing the plants to breathe whilst providing protection. It is available in handy sizes, the plant cosies are especially suitable for those sudden sharp spells, or for those larger plants it is available to purchase by the metre.
Outside taps should be insulated against frosts a handy cover is available to purchase at £8.25 for those short of time to construct a homemade answer.
Dahlias that you have decided to leave in the border for the winter, have a better chance of withstanding frosts if a good mulch is applied over the plant that has died down. If you have lifted your Dahlia tubers do regularly inspect them, a dusting with yellow sulphur should keep them healthy.
Winter digging should continue when weather permits, if the soil sticks to your boots then it’s too wet and its best left until it dries out. If not too wet or frozen then the sooner this job is completed the better. Now is the time to dig into the soil any organic matter together with bone meal. If you have clay soil, incorporate some grit to open it up and improve the soil structure.
Apply a winter wash to your fruit trees now; this has the effect of killing those over wintering eggs of various pests that are lurking in the cracks and crevices. The product to apply is Vitax’s Winter Wash, this is a completely natural product, it comes in a handy 500ml bottle at a cost of £12.99. Roses will also benefit from the same treatment but do remember to clear away old foliage that has fallen around the plants as the spores from blackspot can over winter and reinfect the plants next year.
When plants have died down in December it’s a good time to apply wood preservative to fences and sheds. If you fancy a change there is a very good range of colours that will give a facelift to a jaded garden.