Five odd jobs to do now at your address:
- Trim evergreen hedges and clear out all the rubble that collects under them.
- Cut away rampant climbers leaning over the roof – they give handy access into the ceiling for rats that are looking for a place to overwinter.
- You can break up heavy clay soil by digging in a dressing of agricultural lime. Add a light dose of agricultural lime to irises and stocks too, as it will promote good flowering in spring. Ailing lavenders and clematis also benefit from a small dose of lime in winter.
- In very cold areas bubble wrap is ideal for insulating pots and containers against damage from the cold.
- In rainy areas it is a good idea to place a collar of sharp gravel or grit around succulents in pots to prevent stem-rot. This is especially beneficial for quiver trees growing in pots.