Our RightPlantz February Garden Guide:
February is the “month in waiting”. Gardeners are waiting for friendlier weather, waiting for things to happen outside, waiting for seed packets to arrive, just waiting. That doesn’t mean you need to sit around moping. There are still plenty of tasks to that need to get done. Here is our list of garden to-do’s for February.
If the ground isn’t frozen, apply lime to your lawn but get a soil test first.
Get your seed beds ready for planting. As long as the ground isn’t frozen this is a good time to cultivate them and prepare them for seeds.
Order and organize your seeds by planting dates.
Give your tools a once over and apply a little TLC so they are ready to use. It is a good idea to take your lawn mower in for a tune up now before the mechanic shop gets too busy.
Remove any perennial weeds now that are in your garden. Make sure to get the entire root.
Prune wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
Prune Buddleia down to keep them a reasonable size during the growing season. They can be pruned all the way down near the base if necessary.
Cut back shrubs such as Cornus, Duetzia and Spirea now down close to ground level.
Prune summer-flowering clematis towards the end of the month, before active growth begins.
Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins. Clip them to within a few inches of the ground.
Remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage a flush of new flowers when the weather warms up.
Move any deciduous trees or shrubs that need transplanting now, provided the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.
Carefully cut off old foliage from Hellebore being careful not to damage new growth of flower stems.
Start chitting early potatoes- stand them on end in a module tray or egg box and place them in a bright, cool, frost-free place.
Mulch perennial vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes with well-rotted manure or garden compost.
Tidy up vegetable plots, removing any remaining plant debris.
Prune raspberry canes. It’s your last chance to cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes to fruit in the autumn. Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their supports; cut just above a bud.
Inspect houseplants for pests.
Remember to keep off the grass when there’s a frost, as the blades are more susceptible to damage.
Keep feeding the birds. The weather is still cold this month so hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up.
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