February Gardening Tips

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February gardening tips are provided by John Morgan, Category Manager Horticulture at Van Hage.

The first few months of the year are always a little strange for gardeners living in the UK. Spring is in the air but your plants and lawn are still contending with cold temperatures and of course the odd generous covering of snow. Now is a fantastic time to begin planning what you want for your garden in the months to come. Browse gardening magazines, Garden Centers (we can recommend a few!!) and the internet for inspiration. Gather your thoughts either in your mind or visually in a scrapbook form. Before the Spring flourish there are a few things you can be doing despite the weather to prepare your garden...

Tidy up

  • Remove dead leaves, weeds and last year`s dead growth
  • Replace broken fence panels and other structures
  • Clean slippery moss covered paths
  • Treat building and fence panels

Beds and borders

  • Ensure any autumn planting is firm in the ground
  • Prune any Winter flowering shrubs as soon as they finish
  • All hardy plants will perform better if mulched with compost or manure
  • Prune Lavatera and Buddleia when the weather improves

Seeds

  • Plan and buy the flower seeds for this year

Frost protection

  • During low temperatures apply horticultural garden fleece or fleece bags to provide frost protection,

Lawns

Most lawns are full of moss after the all the rain over the winter

  • A good time to aerate during milder weather
  • At the end of the month if mild apply moss killer

Fruit

  • Prune autumn flowering raspberry
  • Prune Plum trees at the end of the month as the sap starts to rise

Roses

  • Prune bush, patio, shrub and climbing roses
  • Ensure all leaves and dead growth are removed

Climbing plants

  • Prune large flowered summer flowering Clematis

Bedding plants

  • Remove any faded blooms from all planted hardy bedding
  • Replace any winter damaged plants

Vegetables

  • Sow broad bean seeds
  • If mild sow hardier varieties under cloches
  • Plant Rhubarb
  • Buy seed potatoes and plan when to begin chitting (sprouting)
  • If mild plant shallots towards the end of the month
  • Keep greenhouses well ventilated during milder days, heat as required

House plants

  • Freshen up your home by discarding old or tired indoor plants and treat yourself to a new plant
  • Plants require less water during cooler days, central heating can cause more water to be needed
  • Feed less regularly
  • Days are less sunny, ensure plants have good light
  • Remove any faded blooms

Watering

  • The need to water drastically reduces, however the need to check for dryness is more important. Evergreen plants in pots must not be allowed to dry out.

Horticulturally trained staff are always available to help at Van Hage.

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