February Tips for your Garden

“February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March” – Dr. J. R. Stockton

Firm back down any plants that have been lifted by frost or loosened by strong winds.

Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses left standing over winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.

Trim winter flowering heathers as the flowers fade so they do not get straggly.

Plant containers with hardy spring bedding, such as primroses, wallflowers and forget-me-nots.

Prune winter-flowering shrubs such as mahonia and viburnum once their display has finished.

Prune hybrid tea and floribunda roses, before growth restarts.

Deadhead hydrangeas late February/early March, before new growth starts appearing.

Cut back large leaves on hellebores to reveal any flowers hidden beneath.

Lift and divide congested clumps of snowdrops and winter aconites that have finished flowering.

Continue to deadhead winter pansies and other winter bedding. Pansies will carry on into the spring and even to early summer, if attended to frequently.

Remain careful about walking over waterlogged or frosted grass.

Weed and prepare vegetable beds with a thick layer of compost.

Continue to prune apple and pear trees while they are still dormant.

Dahlia tubers stored over winter can be started into growth. Place them in a light, warm place to sprout before planting. They will need additional misting with a spray-bottle of water, to stop them drying out.

Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days. Ensure that bird tables and feeders are kept clean and regularly topped up with food.

Remove pond netting installed in autumn to catch falling leaves.

To read more helpful hints, head to our gardening tips section here, or check out some of our delicious recipe ideas here.