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Planting in winter

Hello, i have recently moved house and my garden is very bare. The garden is a decent size with a fence all the way around it. Am looking to make my garden more wildlife friendly with some trees and shrubs. I'm only a beginner and dont know alot about planting. I have been looking on a website to buy sum trees/shrubs. Is it ok to plant this time of year? I just feel like its along wait untill spring and want to get started. Any information will be greatly appreciated.


  • Tree and shrubs will be happy to go into the ground now as the soil is still quite warm and most trees/shrubs will be using less energy at this time of the year

  • Absolutely.  If you go for bare-root trees and shrubs you will find that the suppliers have only just started shipping them.  Bare-root trees should only be planted when they are dormant and tend to establish better than pot-grown ones in any case.  The only time you shouldn't plant such things is when the soil is actually frozen or waterlogged - any other ground conditions between now and March is fine and the ideal time for planting these.  Go for it.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Berries, berries, berries..........image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,683

    Still time to plant bulbs for a pretty spring. They can go under your new trees. The right time for tree, shrub and rose planting from now to March.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thanks alot for commenting. Are all trees best staked, or can you suggest anything else?
  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Agree totally with above. You've got time to do lots of research and find who does the best deals and has best choice. run out of time get back later. image

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Here's a list to check against of what is actually a British native. You don't have to concentrate on British natives but obviously if you do you won't got far wrong. My way of thinking is if it isn't native then what is it contributing and how well does it do that.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Try these 2 links forwildlife friendly advice.

  • I'm sure there are a few things that could be planted, but I'd just recommend start observing your garden, looking at what's in your neigbours gardens (and are thriving), work out what you like/ dislike and reading up (loads of seed/ gardening catalogues around). Then start planning.

    Put up some bird feeders or bee/ insect houses. Organise the structure of your garden (fences, shed, greenhouse, walls, screens, patio or seating area, bench, pots and baskets) and anything that isnt going to be so dependant on the weather or frost damaging plants or any of your hard work.

    Then Spring won't be too far away. Have fun.

  • What about planting cell grown tree's in winter
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