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Flower garden job checklist

6 - 12 January 2014

It's time to...

  • Plant bare-root roses in well-prepared ground
  • Trim away unwanted suckers growing around the base of trees
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through the ground
  • Dig over gaps in borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds
  • Spread a layer of compost over borders, around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Protect gunnera from hard frost by covering with straw or similar insulation
  • Thin out the top growth on standard roses to prevent damage and wind rock
  • Take hardwood cuttings from dogwoods
  • Pick off faded flowers from winter-flowering pansies to prevent them setting seed

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