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January 2018 – Keeping your Garden Fresh

January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden begins to grow, now is a good time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants.

  • Prune rose bushes now whilst they are dormant. Cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches.
  • Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins.
  • Cut back damaged, diseased and the oldest stems of brightly coloured willows.
  • If your greenhouse is unheated, protect your potato grow bags with horticultural fleece on cold nights.
  • Brush heavy snow off of greenhouses and cold frames to prevent the glass being damaged.
  • Avoid walking on your lawn when it is blanketed by heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath.

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