February gardening tips 2018

February gardening tips 2018

Garden tips for February


 

Through the crisp frosts, signs of spring are starting to appear!

It might be cold but the garden is starting to come alive, so get digging, feeding, mulching and pruning in preparation for the year ahead.

Clear leaves from around snowdrops so you can see their flowers emerging.

Prune deciduous shrubs and fruit trees, before the sap starts to rise and the buds break.

Cut back ornamental grasses close to the ground.

Prune back hardy summer-flowering clematis, as rapid new growth will be produced during spring.

Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.

Check plant supports and put in new ones before plants start growing.

Any shrubs or flowers that may have become too large can be moved to a new position during February.

This is a good month to plant hedges. Look for bare-root plants, as they’re cheaper than pot-grown ones.

Seed potatoes are available now. Chit them, (allow shoots to form) by placing them in a light, cool, frost-free place.

Start to prepare your vegetable plot, by digging over the soil and leave in rough chunks it will be broken down by the weather in time for sowing.

Sow early crops of hardy broad beans outdoors.

Cut back autumn-fruiting raspberries. They flower and fruit on this year’s growth, so if you cut back the old stems, you’ll encourage new growth and get a better crop.

Give your greenhouse a thorough clean and check for damage ready for the season ahead.

Pots and seed trays, which have been left, should be thoroughly cleaned, using a little household disinfectant and rinsing with clear, warm water, ready for use in the spring.

Ventilate your glasshouse or conservatory on mild days to help prevent fungal problems.

Keep gutters on greenhouses clear of leaves and debris, and to allow maximum light in keep the glass washed.

Keep feeding the birds, not forgetting fresh water. As the weather gets colder it gets increasingly difficult for them to find food.