Help Your Garden Thrive This February with Our Garden Jobs
We made it through January and spring is almost here. So as the weather slowly starts to warm, and your garden begins to show signs of new life, February is the perfect time to prepare for the season to come. So what are you waiting for, start to plan your dream garden with our February garden jobs!
1. Spread Garden Compost Over Bedding Areas (If you haven’t already done it)
This month is a great opportunity to begin considering your soil health for the coming season, as boosting the nutrition in your soil is key to growing healthy plants. This works by the worms getting to work on your compost and taking it down into the soil so your plants can benefit from the nutrients. If you already make your own compost you can use your own, or if you’re new to gardening or just haven’t got round to setting up your own compost – it is completely fine to buy your compost. You can also use leaf mould or farmyard manure as they are great options too.
2. Ensure Your Fleece Or Other Insulation Is Still In Place
Although we know that spring is in sight and we are all excited about being able to get back into the garden, the weather at this time of year can still be very unpredictable – and you don’t want to get caught out by an unexpected cold frost! For the next few months, keep your insulation in place, and regularly check it to protect your plants from the frosts we can get up until late May.
3. Check For Browning Leaves
Take a little time this month to check how all your plants are doing. Check if there are any issues such as pests or browning leaves. If you notice any dead or dying leaves, simply remove them and add them to your compost heap (if you have one). Now is also a good time to physically remove any odd pests that you spot: one aphid removed now could save an outbreak of many thousands later in the spring. This work will ensure your plants stay healthy and you reduce the risk of future damage to your plants.
4. Prune Roses
Some people choose to prune their roses in the autumn, but if you’re one of those who decides to do it in the new year – February is a great time to do so, unless it is very frosty weather! This is a job that needs to be done before your roses begin to grow back in the spring, to maximise their potential.
5. Continue To Plan Your Dream Garden
It’s still the winter and for those of you with smaller, or lower maintenance gardens, may feel as though you don’t have too much to be doing. So, this is the perfect time to research and discover how you want your garden to look in the future. This could include finding a space for your favourite flower, creating a full display, or even hunting down some new garden furniture
6. Cut Back Deciduous Grasses
If you have deciduous grass, which turns a golden, straw brown instead of losing its leaves during winter, they need to be cut back annually so that they look their best in your garden. You can do this but cutting the grass back down to ground level, ready for new growth in the spring. If you have evergreen grasses, you can simply just remove any dead leaves and brown tips to tidy them up.
7. Prune Wisteria
Wisteria should be pruned twice a year, once in July or August and again in January or February, as this encourages more regular flower growth. For your winter prune, when your wisteria is dormant, cut back growths to two or three buds. This will tidy up your plant for the season ahead and new flowers won’t be obstructed by leaves.
8. Prune Winter Flowering Plants
If you have any winter flowering plants that have finished flowering, now is the best time to prune. Pruning just after flowering gives you the best results when new growth next comes in. You can easily prune flowers by removing old or dead flower heads and cutting them back to healthy buds.
9. Check All Your Tools Are In Working Condition
There is nothing worse than making a start in your garden when the weather is warmer and realising some of your tools are broken. For petrol-powered garden tools such as your lawnmowers and strimmers etc, it’s best to get them checked out, serviced and put into working condition sooner rather than later to avoid long waits later in the year. Take a little bit of time this month just to check them all over and fix anything that needs it, either yourself or by a professional – your future self will thank you for doing this garden job!
10. Set-up a Compost Area
We understand that not everyone has the space for this one, but not only is it a great resource to have available for your plants, it is also somewhere to put your organic waste from your kitchen! If you’ve always wanted to have your own compost, perhaps start small this month and see how it goes and soon you will have your own compost to use in your garden. Remember to research your compost bin and not only how it fits in your garden, but the material and how it is built, you want something that can withstand our British weather all year round!