This month we’re focusing on February Garden Maintenance! Each month we’re giving you our top tips for maintaining your garden throughout the year. As the seasons change we’ll continue to give you our best advice for caring for your garden and let you know where we think you should be focusing your attention.
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February Weather Watch
February and January are quite similar, with February temperatures being just slightly lower than January. Land temperatures are largely determined by sea temperatures which are at their lowest in February. Hard frosts are still common in February so make sure you are still protecting your most vulnerable plants from the cold weather.
The good news is we get more sunshine in February than in January with Southern areas of the country getting 7.6 days of bright sunshine and Northern areas getting 5.2 days of bright sunshine. Which is why it can be very enjoyable to get out into your garden in February and get on top of your garden maintenance. You really notice the change in February as the days start to get longer and the sun seems to be back out again even if it is just for brief visits. It doesn’t mean the harsh Winter weather has gone away just yet, but you do start to notice the difference. Especially as you set foot in the garden and notice the bulbs are beginning to swell, you get a real sense that the summer is on its way.
Feed The Birds
February is a great time to encourage birds to visit your garden. There are numerous benefits of having birds in your garden. For one, they will act as pest controllers for everything from snails to aphids. They can also help with weed control as the sparrows and finches will eat weed seeds saving you time and energy in the Summer months. To encourage the birds into your garden make sure your bird feeders are well stocked and provide water for them to drink and bathe in. It’s also a good time to buy or make nesting boxes in preparation for Spring when birds will be looking for homes for their new families.
February Garden Maintenance To-Do List
February is an exciting month in the garden. When those sunny days hit, make the most of them by getting ahead with your garden maintenance. Or if you’d like help along the way, get in touch today.
Here’s our February to-do list to help you get ready for Spring:
- Get fertilizing – Towards the end of the month, you should start to apply organic-based fertilisers. Organic-based fertilisers release their nutrients slowly allowing plants to grow more steadily over time. It’s best to apply organic-based fertilizers 2 or 3 weeks in advance of sowing or planting to ensure they are available to plants straight away.
- Plant – bare-root trees, shrubs, fruit trees, and bushes.
- Feed the birds – you’ll be pleased you did in Spring as they help to keep pests under control and prevent the spread of weeds.
- Top-dress or repot shrubs in containers – Top-dress plants by removing the top two or three centimetres of soil and add in new slow-release fertiliser along with new soil, then give them water. This will give them a new lease of life in the Summer.
- Remove – the old stems of herbaceous perennials.
- Cut back – any shrubs or hedges which are overgrown before birds begin to make their nests.
- Prepare – seedbed for vegetable sowing outdoors.
- Prune – roses.
- Prepare – the ground if you plan on sowing a new lawn or laying turf.
- Sow – you can start to sow annuals undercover.
Give our top 10 garden maintenance tips for February a go to keep your garden ticking over as we head towards Spring and Summer.
Also look out for the 5 plants listed below, as they’ll be brightening up gardens in February. Keep them in the front of your mind when thinking about future planting plans to ensure your garden has year-round interest:
- Helleborus orientalis
- Narcissus cyclamineus
- Camellia x wiliamsii ‘Anticipation’
- Crocus tommasinianus
- Viburnum tinus
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