Gardening Jobs for FebruaryPosted: 1 Feb 2022
Find out what to do in your garden, allotment and greenhouse in February, with our handy, 'Simon says'.
• Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses.
• Split up large clumps of snowdrops that have finished flowering and plant them to fill gaps in the garden
• Cut back late summer flowering Clematis to 30cm from the ground.
• There’s still time to dig up and move shrubs if required
• Plant up patio containers with hardy bedding plants such as Violas, Pansies, Bellis and Primulas to bring some colour to your view from indoors.
• Cut the dead flower spikes off winter Heathers. Take care to not cut back too far, so just the bits that have dead flowers!
• Cut Buddlejas back to 30-50cm from the ground to keep the wonderful shrubs in shape.
• Now is your last chance to cut back plants that birds like to nest in. Valentine’s Day is the day they pair up for the season and start building their nests!!
• Sprinkle Fish, blood and bone over the root area of established trees and shrubs to give them a good, balanced feed.
• Place 1st early seed potatoes in a well-lit, frost-free position and encourage them to chit, before planting.
• Sprinkle some sulphate of potash over the root area of fruit trees and bushes to encourage more flowers and fruits.
• Cover early fruiting Strawberry plants with a cloche to produce an even earlier crop.
• Apply hedgehog-friendly Slugclear Ultra pellets now to reduce damage.
• Plant summer flowering bulbs and tubers in frost free greenhouses.
• Get nesting boxes in place as soon as possible to encourage honeymooning couples to your garden!
• Place bird feeders away from nesting boxes, but in a site-line from indoors.
• Prune hybrid tea and floribuna Roses to encourage growth that leaves the heart of the plant open to encourage air circulation.