February Gardening Tips
At last, if you look hard enough, there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase.
Make the most of February with our Gardening Tips.
- Remove any dead stems before the new shoots begin to grow.
- Fork over the soil between the plants.
- New plants may still be planted, and older ones divided.
- Sow half hardy annuals in a cold frame or greenhouse late in the month.
- Divide bulbs such as snowdrops ready for next year.
- Plant bulbs that need planting in the green.
Shrubs & Trees
- Prune hardy evergreen hedges, and renovate overgrown deciduous ones at the end of the month, before the start of the bird breeding season.
- Prune back trees and climbing plants, whilst still dormant, on frost free days.
- Cut back ornamental grasses from the end of the month onwards.
- Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
- If worm casts are a nuisance, scatter them on dry days with a birch broom.
- Take care not to step on bulbs growing in the grass or pile up any snow over bulbs.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Complete routine pruning of established fruit trees. The exception to this are plum trees, which should be pruned in the summer.
- Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes to the ground; cut back summer fruiting to a bud just above the top wire.
- Cover any beds to be used for early sowings with black mulch sheeting to warm up the soil and prevent weeds.
- Sow early carrots, cress and spinach outdoors under cloches.
- Sow tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and aubergines in seed compost and place on a window sill or heated greenhouse to germinate.
Plan for the Future
As the days are shorter and the ground is more than likely to be frozen or waterlogged, why not use this time of year to plan your garden for the following year?
February is a good time to start planning any changes you want to make in the garden, such as making it easier to maintain, adding patios, paths, summerhouses, you may even want to create a whole new space. Take this time to make notes and research different materials and styles. You can never plan projects too much, good planning will save you time and money. If unsure seek advice from a professional.
Langlands Garden Design Service
Langlands Plan and Plant department offer a full Garden Design Service, from a planting plan to a full set of garden designs. If you would like to find out more about these services, visit our Garden Design Service page.