Things to do in the garden in February

By John Brennan, 12/03/2019

Things to do in the garden in February

1. Prune deciduous summer-flowering shrubs such as late clematis and buddleias, and fruit trees, before the sap starts to rise and the buds break. Cut out anything that's dead, diseased or damaged.

2. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.

3. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges.

4. Cut back any remaining perennial dead stalks and leaves and clear up any debris left on the soil.

5. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.

6. Feed your plants. They're about to have a huge growth surge and it would really help them get off to a good start. If you have time, dig in well-rotted organic matter but, for a quick fix, sprinkle a balanced fertiliser onto the soil.

7. Spring Clean. If you have glass, a frame, cloches or a glasshouse, now is a good time to clean them in readiness for the growing season using warm, soapy water.

8. Prune the Wisteria. Wisterias can be left to ramble unchecked where space allows but will usually flower more freely and regularly if pruned twice a year.

9. Enjoy any early spring sunshine.

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