Timely Garden Tips For February

There is always something to do in the garden. With spring only about a month away,  this is no time to slack off.

Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins – clip them to within a few inches of the ground.

Remove any faded flowers from your winter pansies to stop them from setting seed. This will encourage a flush of new flowers when the weather warms up.

Prune Wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.

If you need to move deciduous trees or shrubs, now is the time to do it provided the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.

Plant Lilies and Allium bulbs.

Plant bare root roses in a sunny position for spectacular summer color.

Mulch perennial vegetables such as Asparagus and Artichokes with well rotted manure or garden compost.

If you garden on heavy clay soil but want to make an early start in the garden, build raised beds before the growing season gets under way. The soil will warm up faster and raised beds drain quickly too.

Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for spring planting.

Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will 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.

Prune apple trees and pear trees whilst they’re still dormant. Leave plum trees, cherry trees and apricots until the summer as pruning these fruit trees now will make them susceptible to Silver Leaf disease.

Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.

Order your onion sets and asparagus crowns now ready for planting in the spring.

Continue adding fresh water to bird baths and seed to bird feeders.

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