February Garden Maintenance Tasks
With Spring just around the corner, February is a great time to get out in the garden and prepare for the upcoming growing season.
Although the weather is likely to be cold throughout the month, its still a great time of the year to get out into the garden and get your hands dirty.
Your garden will still be fairly dormant as this time of the year but there might be some early signs of life towards the end of the month. If the weather is mild enough, you may even see daffodils beginning to bloom.
Today we’re looking at garden maintenance tasks to be carried out during the month of February.
Prune Flowering Shrubs
Now is a great time to prune those roses and other flowering shrubs such as Clematis and Buddleias.
Look to shorten the side shoots down to just a few inches. To ensure lots of flowers over the whole plant, try to train the main stems to lie at an angle between the horizontal and 45 degrees and you should prune as far down to the ground as you can.
Improve Soil Quality
With Spring just around the corner, the whole garden is about to experience a growth surge.
To give your plants and shrubs a head start, February is great time to improve the quality of your soil.
Digging in well-rotted organic matter is a great way to do just that. You can use garden compost, manure, bark or composted green waste.
If you don’t have a compost bin in your garden, why not use the month of February to get your hands on one? Compost bins can be bought relatively cheaply from local garden centres or you could even make one out of pallets or an old plastic wheelie bin.
Not only will the compost it provides be great for your garden but its also a fantastic way to recycle food waste, which of course is great for the environment too!
Install A Water-Butt
February is also a great time to get a water butt set up in your garden. Again, they are relatively cheap to buy, and the initial outlay will be recouped in the savings made on your water bill.
Throughout February, we tend to get a lot of rainfall throughout the UK which makes it a perfect time to catch as much of this fresh water as possible, ready for the summer months when you garden needs it the most.
Prepare Your Seeds for Spring
February is a great time to buy your seeds ready for the year ahead to avoid disappointment.
Why not be super organised and sort and prepare your seeds into date order to create a planting calendar for the coming year?
In the world of gardening, it certainly pays to be prepared.
Cut Back Deciduous Hedges
As the birds won’t have nested just yet, February is really your last opportunity to cut back deciduous hedges.
During this month you can carry out much of the formative work that would be far more difficult during spring and summer.
For smaller hedges, sharp, hand-held shears should do the job easily enough but for larger hedges, consider getting your hands on an electric hedge trimmer to make your life easier.
Of course, always consider your safety when using this type of equipment and we highly recommend you wear suitable gloves and googles to protect your eyes. To avoid accidentally cutting the cable, place it over your shoulder.
Clean Patios & Paths
The winter months may have taken their toll on hard landscaped areas such as patio and paths.
Why not use February to spruce up these areas ready for spring and summer?
You can either drag out the Jetwash or even just the hose and a stiff broom, along with washing up liquid will often do the job.
Although best left until the warmer months, it may be a good time to consider whether your paving could do with a coat of sealant to help protect it against the elements.
Feed Garden Birds
At this time of the year, there’s still very little in the way of insects for local bird life to eat and putting out fat balls and topping up bird feeders is a great way to keep them going through the winter months.
Doing this will also indirectly benefit your garden as those same birds will be back during spring and summer to help control unwanted pests and insects.
Plan Your Vegetable Plot
Recent years has seen a revival in the vegetable plot with many gardens, even inner-city ones, now having their very own vegetable patch.
There is something tremendously satisfying about growing your own fruit and veg and you’ll be amazed at the flavours produced by your home-grown food.
February is a great time of the year to plan your vegetable plot.
If you don’t yet have a vegetable patch, February is the perfect time to construct one ready for the growing season and this can easily be achieved using railway sleepers – new or reclaimed.
You can use this month to plan exactly what you are going to grow and order those seeds ready for when you need them.
Plant Bare Rooted Trees & Shrubs
This is probably best avoided if the ground is waterlogged or frozen but otherwise, February is a great time to plant bare-rooted trees and plants.
To plant them, dig a hole large enough to allow the roots to spread and then give them plenty of water as its important to keep the roots moist after planting.
February is an exciting time of the year as your garden is on the verge of exploding with growth but it’s important to prepare properly for this to harness this fantastic time of the year.
We hope our article will help you to get the most out February and inspired you to get out there into the garden getting your hands dirty.
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Don’t forget to check out our garden maintenance guides for the other months of the year: