Gardening jobs for winter

Just because the weather is turning colder and the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean that we stop gardening. There are still a number of jobs that can be undertaken, please read on to learn about some of them. Should you need advice with any of the below suggestions or assistance with general garden maintenance, please contact us via our Facebook page @sanstecgarden.

Bring greenery inside - No matter what are you celebrating in winter there is a great opportunity to create some beautiful arrangements out of evergreens like pine, holly and various seed heads of spindle, hydrangeas, etc. Have a look around your garden, local park or woodland and see what you can find. Just be creative!

Plant some tulip bulbs - Did you know that you can still plant tulip bulbs until the end of January?

Plant containers - Keep an eye on the weather in winter because if low temperatures are forecast your plants in containers will either need to be brought under cover, or wrapped with bubble plastic and raised slightly off the ground.

Compost - Do you have a lot of leaves in your garden? If yes, then there is a great opportunity for you to produce a beautiful mulch from fallen leaves. You can store them in bags or create a compost heap. Just give the leaves a good stir once in a while to help the composting process along.

Plant some trees or shrubs - Winter, if the soil is not frozen, is a favorable period to plant some trees and shrubs in your garden. If you are concerned about air pollution in your area, then The Royal Horticultural Society has found that the following trees and shrubs are good at trapping pollution particulates: Sorbus aria (whitebeam), Rosa rugosa, Cotoneaster species and cultivars, Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Yew (Taxus baccata), evergreen Leyland cypress (x Cuprocyparis leylandii) and Lauristinus (Viburnum tinus). (See

Structures and paving - Check fences, gates, sheds and other structures for any weakness or rot so you can repair them before any high winds arrive. Use this time to clean and weed all paving areas.

Pruning - Now is a good time to prune deciduous trees, shrubs and rambling or climbing roses.

Wildlife - Don’t forget the birds. By feeding wildlife in the winter you will not only help them to survive but you will also be able to enjoy their company, observe their humorous behavior and listen to their lovely songs.