Trees, shrubs and roses will benefit from pruning now during the cooler months of the year, but do leave any shrubs with berries for the birds! Established Apple and pear trees can be pruned to allow air to circulate. Remove any branches that are growing across an existing branch. Prune roses to about half their size and burn any fallen leaves to avoid and protect against fungal diseases.
Shrubs can be pruned to a manageable size and shape, however, leave any evergreen shrubs as they should be pruned in spring. Also mulch around shrubs and trees after pruning as this will ensure plenty of lush new growth in spring. Remember to keep mulch away from the bark as this can cause rotting.
If you have any shrubs that you want to move now is the time to do it, especially deciduous varieties.
Any bare soil can be dug over lightly and compost, manure or leaf mould dug in to prepare the soil for spring planting.
Have a stroll round your garden and plan any changes you could make eventually in the layout.
Have you, maybe, considered replacing a lawn, having a woodland corner, or a gravel garden? Consider how you use the garden, whether you prefer low-maintenance or more colourful borders, or even want to grow more vegetables. Plan a project, choosing the style and plants that will suit you and your family.
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.