December is a quiet time in the garden, many of the plants are lying dormant, waiting for the first warmth of spring to emerge. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of jobs that you can be getting on with, particularly preparing for the new year.
If you haven’t already, you should be protecting your plants through December and January from the cold snaps. Move any potted plants to a sheltered area, such as a greenhouse or conservatory. Alternatively, group potted plants together close to a wall of your house, garage or shed, this way they will be less exposed to strong winds and the colder weather.
It is a good idea to clear fallen leaves from driveways and pathways using a leaf blower. Cobra’s BV65-24v Cordless Blower is the perfect tool for the job; lightweight, compact and powerful. Once it rains (let’s face it, it will!), leaves that have fallen on the ground quickly begin to rot and become slippery. If left, a winter frost will make them stick to the ground, turn hard and icy. The Cordless Blower by Cobra allows you to quickly and easily clear your garden of leaves, making it safer and looking much tidier!
Now is the best time to prune apple and pear trees, as the leaves will have fallen off and the plant itself is dormant. If you have neglected to prune your trees for a while don’t despair, it can be made simply with Cobra’s P20E Electric Powered Pole Pruner – designed specifically to reach awkward heights and angles to prune effectively. With an extendable bar than can reach up to 2.7 metres, you can prune longer branches with ease.
Start by removing dying, dead, diseased, damaged or weak branches. Remove older branches by cutting back to the origin, and don’t be afraid to cut any branches back that have grown too high, too wide or are causing congestion at the centre of the tree.
Cobra’s Pole Pruner is also ideal for cutting firewood! At this time of year, who is going to say no to a cosy, log-burning fire?