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 Snow Drops

If you haven't any snowdrops in your garden but next door has, why not beg some off them! Snowdrops can be lifted and divided as long as you re-plant them straight away.
 Tender plants need protection

Plants such as Cordylines and Fuchsia should be kept out of the frost, so bring them into the green house or conservatory.

 Brush heavy snow off  trees
Brush shrubs and conifers with a broom to prevent branches getting damaged.
 Get Planting
It may be getting cold in the air, but the soil is still retaining some warmth. So it's a good time to plant that hedge you have always wanted or shrubs and trees. Get rid of your old roses and replace with new. The warmth in the soil means good strong root growth , so get them in now before heavy snow comes along and the soil freezes.
You can plant out now Camellias, Azaleas, Conifers, Shrubs, Roses, Rhododendrons, Trees, plants and trees on display outside at garden centres are usually ones you can plant now, but its always best to check a member of staff.  
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Order your summer flowering bulbs now, such as gladioli, dahlias and begonias to ensure you have colourful borders in your garden.  Buy bulbs online here...
 High winds - Don't put this job off.
At this time of year strong winds are expected so archways, fence posts and panels need to be secure including young trees. Young trees should be staked. Also check climbing plants are fastened back.
Pampas Grass
If your pampas flower stems are looking a bit on the untidy side then trim the stems back but don't cut back to far until later on in spring as there may be wildlife sheltering within the pampas.
 Clear debris from the borders
Clear Flower borders of debris. Remove all debris from flower borders. Dig out annuals and turn over the soil as you go. Cut perennials back down to ground level.
 Buddleia
The Butterfly bush-Buddleia give it an annual hard prune.
 Prune apple & pear trees
At this time of year, apple and pear trees are dormant and so is a good time to do a bit of pruning and thinning out. Cut back the new growth to one or two buds.
Thin out branches that are twisted, growing and rubbing other branches. Doing these jobs will increase light and a good flow of air through the tree.
To finish off give the tree a winter wash this will kill insect eggs that maybe already on the tree.
 
 Late Flowering Clematis
If you have a late summer-flowering Clematis then this can be pruned. If you wish to keep your Clematis tall then just shorten all flowered side shoots to one leaf joint beyond the frame work of the main stems. To keep your clematis small and to rejuvenate old clematis then prune hard back to about a foot off the ground.
 Mulch the borders
Borders need some kind of mulch, use leaf mould, compost or well rotted manure. Whatever you choose to use you need to be putting a layer at least two inches thick. So simply spread it all over the boarder two inches thick that will do fine. By doing this you are putting nutrients back into the soil which plants feed on and you also increase the temperature of the soil which helps protect plant roots over winter.  Using a mulch to keep down weeds...
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