A Guide To Gardening in February | Love The Garden

Gardening in February

As we move to the end of winter, things begin to stir in the garden in February – not least snowdrops and spring-flowering bulbs. The weather at this time of year can be very variable – warm days followed by severe frosts and cold winds – which can severely affect young growth and new plants. Always check the current and upcoming weather conditions when considering what to do in the garden.

 

Things to do this month

Light gardening at this time of year is very beneficial for both body and mind.
Bare-rooted trees and shrubs are a cheaper alternative to container-grown plants – but get them planted by the end of the month.
Check chitting potatoes and make sure they have enough light and it's not too warm for them.
It’s probably too cold to sow veg seeds outside, but warm the soil with clear polythene for an early start in March.
Lift and split congested clumps of snowdrops after flowering 'in the green'.
Lawn Care
Create new lawns, or repair damaged ones, by laying fresh turf.
Check chitting seed potatoes to ensure they're producing short, stocky, dark green shoots.
Weed Control
If perennial weeds have started growing, treat them with Roundup.
Add some future winter colour with snowdrop plants 'in the green'.
Topdress trees, shrubs, fruit and other long-term plants growing in containers with fresh compost.
Plants may start growing during warmer spells, so check compost in containers doesn’t dry out.
Pests & Disease
Check overwintering crops and clear away damaged, diseased or dead leaves to prevent further problems.
Give all fruit a good start to the year by applying a general-purpose balanced feed.
Prune autumn-fruiting raspberries by cutting down all the canes to the ground.
Prune winter-flowering shrubs immediately after they finish flowering.
You can install a garden pond at any time of year, but it’ll establish faster if you do it now.
Garden birds are particularly in need of high-energy food during cold and freezing weather.
Plant lily bulbs for a colourful summer display.
Continue drawing up your plans for this year's vegetable cropping and order seeds and other planting material.
Install water butts and other water-collection systems to save water.
Cover the blossom of early-flowering peaches and nectarines with fleece to protect from frost damage.
Pests & Disease
Protect delphiniums and other perennials shooting now from slugs.
Check tree stakes and ties are secure and that ties are neither too loose nor too tight.
Tie wall shrubs and climbers securely to their supports to protect them from wind damage.
Lawn Care
Prepare the soil for new lawns being laid from seed in spring.
Lawn Care
Spiking the lawn with a garden fork will help reduce waterlogging problems.
Check all your tools are in good working order and maintain them as necessary.
 

Seasonal guides

Pruning Roses: When to Make the Cut

Knowing when to prune roses is has to be one of the most common gardening quandaries of all time. To some less experienced gardeners it might seem unimportant when you decide to make that cut, and indeed, where. However, the moment you choose to prune your roses can be the difference between a healthy long lasting plant that produces multiple buds and flowers, and one that might not last the winter.

Making Compost for Your Garden

Making your own compost is getting more popular, due to the increasingly green-conscious society. Home-made garden compost contains lots of nutrients that plants love - such as nitrogen and carbon. When you add it to your garden soil, it will make an improvement and make it even better for growing plants!

Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Containers

If you only have a small garden or even just a patio, you can easily grow your own tasty fruit and vegetables. Nearly all fruit and veg can be grown in pots and other containers. In fact, some vegetables crop even better when grown well in containers!

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