Adding some garden colour to the cooler months

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l Don’t let the soil around 
newly-planted trees and shrubs dry out.

l Mulch any areas of borders which have not been covered already and replenish old mulches.

l: Cut off or prune diseased leaves of plants so that overwintering spores won’t survive until next year.

l Continue to plant spring bulbs such as daffodils and crown imperials to give early colour.

l Prune deciduous autumn-flowering shrubs over three years old as they finish flowering.

l Harvest apples and pears as they ripen and store the excess.

l Apply or renew greasebands on the trunks of apple and pear trees.

l Remove shading wash from the greenhouse if applied in the spring.

l Sow parsley and chervil for use in late winter and early spring.

l Rake and scarify lawns to remove thatch and other debris.

l Continue to blanch leeks, covering plants with tubes of cardboard or drainpipe.

l Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs including privet, holly, 
aucuba, berberis, potentilla and rosemary.