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December Jobs

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Our full guide to all of the jobs to do in the garden in December
What to do in the garden in December

December is a good month in the garden for maintenance - there can be some beautiful clear and crisp days, so make the most of them when they are here! These days are perfect for getting any fence or shed repairs done. If you haven't cleaned your greenhouse yet, this is also an excellent time to do so. There may not be as many daylight hours, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy being out in the garden when the weather is lovely.

Unfortunately, we can also expect much colder, rainier weather and sharp, chilly winds this month, don't forget to protect plants susceptible to frost. For pots likely to suffer from water-logging and drainage issues, raise them by placing pots on pot feet or bricks.

For the days when the weather is less than favourable, you could use this time to gain inspiration and create a garden project plan for next year. Think about what grew well in the garden this year and which plants you would like to grow next. 

Why not get ahead by ordering any seedstrays and pots to ensure you're fully prepared and have all the tools and products you will need for the months ahead?

Discover what you can do in the garden in December in our complete guide below.

Ornamental garden:
  • Keep borders tidy by removing any debris, leaves etc.
  • Check newly planted shrubs for wind rock (loosened soil around the base) after strong winds.
  • Prune woody ornamental plants but avoid when frost or snow is forecast.
  • Mulch if the weather is still mild.
  • Shake off snow from hedges and shrubs to avoid damage.

Vegetable garden: 
  • Harvest winter veg like sprouts and parsnips etc.
  • Prune free-standing apples, pears, currants and gooseberries.
  • Prune grapevines by mid-December.
  • Do not prune stone fruit until spring to avoid silver leaf disease.
  • Continue to plant fruit bushes if weather and soil conditions permit.
  • Divide and re-plant rhubarb.

Other jobs:
  • Insulate outdoor taps and pipes to avoid them freezing.
  • Ventilate the greenhouse on mild days.
  • Protect plants and pots likely to be affected by frost damage.
  • Hang fat balls and ensure bird-feeders are well stocked.
  • Make sure compost bins/heaps are covered to prevent them from becoming soggy.
  • Turn compost bins to ensure full decomposition.
  • Ensure houseplants are getting enough light indoors by placing them on a sunny window sill.

Top products for December Gardening

Fleece protection

Keep your garden warm with our white garden fleece also known as horticultural fleece. Fleece can be used to protect against cold, frost as well as other harmful weather conditions and pests.



View the full range of professional secateurs brands such as Felco, Spear and Jackson, Lasher and Pro Chikamasa. They also make the perfect Christmas gift for your green-fingered loved one!


Melcourt Sylvagrow 

Melcourt Sylvagrow with John Innes is a unique blend of fine bark, wood fibre and coir plus sterilised loam and sand. Contains balanced nutrients sufficient for the first 4-6 weeks of growth.


Decorative pots

Our decorative pots are suitable for a wide range of plants and price points, with many styles, colours and designs available for all garden styles. Find your gardens perfect finishing touch!


Melcourt Soil Improver

Melcourt Soil Improver is an organic, natural soil improver. comprised of green residues such as soft park and garden debris, which have been naturally composted under controlled conditions.


Vipot Biodegradable x10

Environmentally-friendly biodegradable plant pots made of natural plant fibre obtained from the waste of annual crops such as rice husk.
Life expectancy is 5 years but biodegrade within 9-18 months if broken down and put into waste.

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