Other Jobs Around The Garden This February

Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.

Keep feeding the birds. The weather is still cold this month so hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up.

Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwrds.

Install water butts now ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid loving, ericaceous plants.

Find out what type of soil you have. Invest in a soil testing kit to help you choose the right plants for you garden.

Prepare your seed beds. As long as the ground isn’t frozen you can cultivate beds and start to warm up the soil, with fleece, polythene or cloches, in preparation for sowing in the coming months.

Top Tip:

Shred or chop any woody prunings before you add them to compost bins, as this will help speed up decomposition.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Prepare vegetable seed beds and sow some vegetables under cover.
  • Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep birds away.
  • Prune winter-floweriing shrubs if they have finished flowering.
  • Prune wisteria and hardy evergreen hedges.
  • Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over winter.