Dark nights and mornings, damp and windy weather tells us that Autumn has well and truly made its mark, and Christmas is not far around the corner. It is tempting to stay indoors and forget about the garden but there are still jobs to be done, and you will get some much needed fresh air to keep those winter bugs at bay.
What to enjoy:
Christmas decorations, lights and gifts! At Christies, we have so much to brighten up your home and make a loved one or friend smile on Christmas day.
Our lovely feathered friends. They will be on the lookout for food this month; putting out feed will encourage winter birds to your garden. Placing a bird table outside a window will give you the pleasure of watching the outdoors from the warm indoors.
A Christmas Tree! Later on this month you will be able to get real Christmas trees. Buy yours early to get the best pick. There’s no need to take it in and decorate it straight away, it can be cut at the trunk (our staff can do this for you) and placed in a bucket of water until you are ready to take it into the house. We have a range of tree stands available which will hold water and help prevent needle drop. We also deliver – ask a member of our staff for help and details.
What to plant:
You can still plant bulbs for a mass of colour in springtime and we have a great range. If it’s winter colour you’re looking for, then how about planting some winter bedding plants?
If the ground is not frozen or waterlogged, there is still the opportunity to plant shrubs and conifers. We have a great range, such as Skimmia with its evergreen silver foliage; Seniceo, also evergreen and Camellia, providing a vivid splash of colour when nothing else is in bloom.
Prepare for those winter days: snow shovels, grit and rock salt are all handy items to keep stored in the shed. And for the fun times? Sledges! We have a good stock of everything you will need to make November a great month; don’t forget the gloves!
Clear up fallen leaves, particularly around and in ponds, on lawns and beds. Christies have a good range of stiff brushes, quality barrows and rakes which is all you need for this job.
Raise your containers and pots onto ‘Pot Feet’ to prevent water logging. Don’t forget that insulating your pots and containers should prevent frost damage; bubble wrap is great for this job.