All around you there are signs that spring is approaching. Bulbs are breaking their way through the soil, and the wildlife is waking up. Temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer. This makes this the perfect time to get out in the garden and do some of the following jobs.
Top 10 Gardening Jobs for Early February
- Tidy up and clear away any dead evergreen grasses and cut back the deciduous ones
- Divide bulbs, for example, snowdrops
- Prune shrubs that flowered in the winter and have finished their display
- Protect fruit and vegetable crops from the birds with netting
- Get your vegetable seed beds ready and sow some seeds under cover
- Prune wisteria, bougainvillea, certain types of clematis and hardy evergreen hedges
- Apricot, nectarine and peach blossom needs to be protected
- Potato tubers can be chitted
- When it’s dry under foot you can plant bare-root roses
- Pot on any hardwood cuttings taken in the winter
Suggestions for Late February Jobs in the Garden
February is a busy time of the year for gardeners. It’s not quite time to get carried away with planting and sowing seeds, as there is still a small chance of a frost. However, February is the time to get everything ready, so when the time is right you can concentrate on bringing new life into your garden. It’s a good time to check borders and divide perennials which have become much too big. Provided there is no snow and the soil isn’t water-logged, that is. Drag the lawnmower out of the shed, and give your lawn its first haircut for the year. Cut it just enough to take off the top of any long spiky grass. If there are any leaves left lying around in the garden this will be a good time to rake them up. With spring just around the corner, you should take this last opportunity to tidy up and cut your hedges. Before the birds start looking for somewhere to build their nests. There is going to be a lot of compostable material being created over the month, so take the time to tidy and turn your compost heaps. Spruce up any wooden features and garden furniture with a quick rub down and a lick of paint or wood preserver.
For more helpful tips and advice you can get in touch with the Garden Club London. A team of expert gardeners will be only too glad to help you with your garden.