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Some winter gardening tips: Winter is a great time to start dividing
all those plants that have grown too large for their containers or
surroundings, lost their vigour or have ceased flowering. Start by
getting rid of as much foliage as you can by pruning to the crown of
the plant. Then dig around the plant clump (if in the ground) and lift
it gently out of the ground. Make sure you don't damage the plants
roots. Remove the soil from around the plants rootball and then use a
tool such as a spade or knife to split the plants through to the crown.
Repot the newly separated plantlets into their own containers using a
good potting mix or just replant them back into the ground. You've
just turned your one plant into many! Brilliant!
is the time for pruning many of those plants that flowered over summer
including Abelia, Tibouchina, Buddleia and Hypericum. A good rule of
thumb is to prune back by a third. Both Roses and Hydrangeas require
trimming back at this time of year also.
Cut your Hydrangeas
just above buds and you'll find they will explode into life in spring.
If you get frost, wait until later in the season before you cut back
your roses... then go hard and prune them to outward facing buds so
they dont grow through the middle of the bush! Get rid of all that dead
and diseased wood. Mak esure you also remove any growth that crosses
through the centre of the plant. You should only leave the strong stems.
You can attend to Pear and apple trees also now.
Thin out your branches to encourage fewer, but better quality fruit.