Weekend gardening projects: Consider yews for evergreen interest and thorny hedges for security.

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Consider yews for evergreen interest and thorny hedges for security when planning your weekend gardening projects.

In addition, secure any garden furniture that may be blown away in the wind and remove any diseased plants.

Prepare for winter by securing anything that could blow away, removing diseased plants, and storing tubers in a frost-free environment.

Consider planting yews for year-round interest and thorny hedges for security.

Canopies, cloches, and fleece should all be anchored or removed in gales.

If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and treat it with wood preservatives if necessary.

Purchase grit for any surfaces that may be slick.

Check that the greenhouse heater is working and, if necessary, purchase additional fuel.

Get a tree surgeon to inspect any tall trees every few years to see if they have any hidden flaws.

Remove the batteries from timers and drain and store hoses and irrigation equipment.

Also, look for leaks in your wellies.

Before the ground becomes soggy, get rid of any diseased perennial foliage.

To support wildlife and look appealing when frosted, leave disease-free but dead growth.

By removing dead plants and some adjacent soil before replanting, you can prevent the spread of root diseases like onion white rot or tree and shrub root rots.

Plants that have been sick for a long time should be replaced with resistant cultivars.

Replace scab-prone apples and roses with “Topaz” apples or groundcover roses, for example, that never seem to get rid of black spot.

Potatoes should be stored in a dark, cool environment.

To protect the tubers from frost and light, cover them with newspaper or straw.

Look for rotting tubers on a regular basis (left).

Exotic tubers like oca, sweet potato, and yacon are also susceptible to frost damage.

Lift and dry for 10 days in a warm location before storing in a cool, dark, and dry location.

Allow for lifting in freezing weather by leaving Jerusalem artichokes in the soil with a covering of leaves.

Female yew trees (Taxus baccata) produce a large number of pulpy red berries called arils in the autumn, which birds enjoy despite the poisonous seeds inside.

Slow-growing yew makes one of the best hedges and is an excellent topiary alternative to pest and disease-prone box.

Elegant berried columns can be made from narrow, green upright forms like “Standishii” and “Fastigiata.”

Unfortunately, the attractive yellow-leaved “Fastigiata Aurea Group” does not consistently berry.

Hedgerows with thorns are effective barriers.

Berberis x stenophylla and Berberis julianae, with narrow and broad evergreen leaves, make smart, impenetrable hedges when clipped.

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Weekend gardening projects: Plant yews for evergreen interest and thorny hedges for security.

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Gardening jobs for the weekend: Consider yews for evergreen interest and plant thorny hedges for security

Tuber on a one-year-old Dahlia grown from seed. Image via Perry Stewart

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