Top 10 Gardening Tips For February

What’s that thing up ahead? Is that a light at the end of the tunnel? Spring is in sight ladies and gentlemen, and what an exciting prospect that is; a new year and some new growth. We’re not out of the woods yet but there’s plenty we can all do to prepare for a glorious year in the garden. We’ve put together a few simple tips to get you going and give your trees, shrubs and crops a good start.

  1. If you haven’t previously treated your lawns for moss and it starts to make an unwelcome appearance, then you should act straight away. There are a number of ways you can treat your lawn but we recommend using some form of Ferrous Sulphate. Once the moss turns black you can rake it all up and even use on your compost heap. Remember though, to keep your lawn healthy as moss will return.
  2. Time to Chit your taters (allowing shoots to form). If you’re growing potatoes this year then now is a good time to prepare; you need to find a cool, frost free area with reasonably good light to keep them.
  3. Take a look at your existing plants and make a decision as to what changes (if any) you want to make. If there are any damaged plants or simply plants that you dislike then you may want to remove them now, and if you’re not quite satisfied with the positioning of some plants then you can just relocate them before you begin work on the rest of the garden.
  4. Cut back any deciduous hedges or swathes of creeping ivy to promote new, healthy growth, but make sure you do so before birds begin to nest as you wouldn’t want to disturb them now would you.
  5. Have a good inspection of any fruit trees to maintain their health such as checking for any damaged or diseased parts. Remove anything like this and burn if you can to prevent the spread of disease from decaying matter.
  6. You may want to apply a layer of dry mulch around the base of trees, shrubs, climbers and roses to insulate the roots against any further frost damage.
  7. Take the time to clean out your empty pots and trays with disinfectant and warm water as a measure against pests and disease. Also, if you have a greenhouse then you could give the windows a good scrub so they let more light in.
  8. Prepare your vegetable beds and begin to plant seeds; you may need to put up wind breaks such as small fences to protect from wind damage this early in the year though.
  9. Prepare your soil for spring by forking over beds and borders. This will also provide food for the birds which will greedily eat up any insects that are uncovered.
  10. Finally, now is a good time to check over all your garden tools to see if they’re still in working order, especially your lawn mower which you may want to take in for a service.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Monty and the team at Gardens2You x

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