Garden Jobs in February
A month nearer spring and everything starts to feel cheerier. The appearance of snowdrops, aconites, hellebores, crocus, muscari and early daffodils all contribute towards a sense of excitement for the new gardening season, and it's just around the corner. Grab those mild sunny days with both hands and prepare your garden for a fabulous year!
1. Choose a rose with sensational blooms for a new display this year. Get it quick while we still have such a huge variety (they get snapped up fairly early in the year!)
2. Almost all ornamental grasses look striking in winter, but most start to look tired this month. Cut back deciduous grasses, such as Miscanthus, Calamagrostis and Deschampsia before new growth emerges. Evergreen grasses, such as Stipa and Cortaderia can be given just a good tidy by combing through and removing the old growth.
3. Plan any new beds and renovation work you need to get done in the garden this year. See our 'Inspire Me' page for plant choice ideas.
4. Water greenhouse plants sparingly in winter and try to avoid wetting the leaves when doing so. This will prevent mould forming on wet leaves.
6. Bare root hedging is still available, and providing the ground is not frozen or waterlogged, it's the perfect time to create an attractive native hedge or fill some gaps in an existing hedge.
7. Feed the birds regularly, with a mix of feeds. Throw out the odd spare apple or two (cut in half). Blackbirds, thrushes, Fieldfares and Redwings love them! and make sure the ice in broken on water baths. Blackbirds and Thrush's especially like a good bath.
10. Put rhubarb forcers in place now to get those early succulent stems.
11. Thin and tidy established Bamboo. Regular thinning of canes to ground level improves their appearance and the removal of any fallen leaves that are stuck between canes, encourages new healthy growth.