Jobs for February

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl….”
-  Barbara Winkler

Although the thought of getting out in your garden in the winter weather is hardly an inviting prospect, the preparation done now can lead to beautiful results in the spring and summer months. Please find below a list of some gardening jobs to get done throughout February.

 

  • Avoid walking on your lawn when it is covered in heavy frost or snow, as this will damage the grass beneath.
  • Prune your apple trees and pear trees whilst they are dormant over the winter months.
  • Cut back any old foliage from ornamental grasses before new growth begins.
  • Keep your bird feeders topped up.
  • Prune winter flowering shrubs after they have finished their display.
  • Brush heavy snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight.
  • Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.
  • Cut back Vines such as Ivy, Virginia Creeper and Boston ivy to keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear.
  • Install water butts or check that your existing water butts are working correctly, to ensure you have rainwater stored for the summer months.
  • Keeping cold sensitive potted plants in protected areas or indoors.

 

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