Other Jobs Around The Garden This February

Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.

Remember to keep off the grass when there’s a frost, as the blades are more susceptible to damage.

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

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 mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.

With spring on the way it’s worth preparing your lawn for the season ahead. Try installing lawn edging, which gives a neat and tidy appearance and makes maintenance easier.

Cut back vines such as ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy. Doing this now helps keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear.

Top Tip:

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

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