Tree Tasks For December

  • Winter is still a good time to plant trees as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Over autumn and winter, deciduous trees will start settling it, ready for when spring arrives. Our help and advice section has lots of information on planting and caring for trees.
  • Check tree ties are adjusted correctly and stakes will stand up to blustery winter winds.

  • December is the ideal time to prune apple and pear trees as they are dormant. You may want to reduce their size or just tidy them up. For further information about pruning both established and young trees, see our apple tree care guide.
  • Terracotta pots can crack when water freezes. If they’re not frost-proof, we recommend wrapping them in bubble wrap or moving them to a warmer area such as right next to the house.

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