Nestled between Winter and Spring, February is a month of preparation and planning. Time to leaf through those gardening books and magazines!
Jobs to be done:
Snowdrops can become overcrowded so they should be separated.
Any hyacinths and narcissi that are kept indoors should always be kept moist. They should never be allowed to dry out and should always be kept in a well lit area. Turning the bowl daily will stop the plant from leaning towards the light.
Ornamental trees and deciduous shrubs can be planted if the soil is not too wet and there's no frost.
As February is one of the wettest months, lawns should be inspected regularly. If the lawn is soggy you should pierce with a garden fork at six inch gaps. Rock the fork gently to make small holes and if necessary sprinkle with a 50/50 mixture of a coarse grade peat and coarse gritty sand, or if you prefer, an organic lawn dressing.
During February roses can be planted and pruned. If the soil is a little too wet, dig granulated peat into the soil. Well rotted animal manure is ideal for digging into the soil but do not leave manure on the top of the soil as a separate layer.
This month should also be used to repair all fencing, paths, walls etc. Weeds will not have started to grow as yet so prevention now will save work later. A long term weed killer can be used on paths, driveways and gravelled areas.
Caring for your garden can produce wonderful results and a great sense of achievement. These seasonal tips should help save time and prevent your hard work going to waste!
- Clean out window boxes, troughs, pots and tubs.
- Order supplies of peat, soils and composts.
- Lawns need extra attention this month due to the wetness (see above for remedial action).
- In the Greenhouse, summer bedding plants and tomatoes should be sown along with pelargoniums, fuchsias, begonias, antirrhinums, and lobelias. The seeds should be sown in a good seed compost in well drained, level pots or boxes. These should be watered from underneath and not from the top.
- Tidy up around flower beds and hedges to remove all dead leaves and rubbish as this makes an ideal breeding ground for garden pests such as slugs and snails.