l On your winter rambles around the garden, take the hoe with you and knock out weed seedlings before they get too big.
l Spread organic matter such as well-rotted manure or garden compost, even if the soil is rock hard. The soil will soon thaw when the weather improves.
l Continue to remove leaves from the lawn on a regular basis.
l Disperse worm casts on the lawn.
l Check container plants which are sheltered from rain by the overhang of the house eaves and make sure they have not dried out.
l Move displaced deciduous trees and shrubs, if you haven’t already done so.
l Plant deciduous hedging plants such as beech, hawthorn and hornbeam in well-prepared ground, if weather permits.
l Keep climbers such as ornamental vines, ivies and Virginia creeper in check to stop them working their way into window frames and doors or causing damage to drainpipes.
l Start ordering summer-flowering bulbs to give you the best choice of variety.
l Cover ground which you have dug over, but are not yet ready to plant, with polythene sheeting to stop weeds taking over and to warm up the soil for any young plants to be set outdoors early.