Traditionally one of the coldest months of the year, with regular spells of frosts and possibly even snow, makes February an unpredictable and often difficult month to do any gardening work.
On a more optimistic note, there are also visible signs of the oncoming spring to be seen in more sheltered areas with early blooming snowdrops, crocuses and even some Daffodils.
Similar to previous winter months, February gardening tasks are very much weather dependent and primarily focussed on keeping garden areas tidy.
Here’s a few simple tasks you can carry out:
- Tidy planted borders and remove any fallen leaf or debris from lawns, clean patio and pathway areas
- Continue to plant bare root trees and shrubs so long as ground is not too wet or frozen
- Start pruning roses and cut back to within 150-200mm of ground level
- Save time and effort on preparing ground for new border areas by allowing lower temperatures to break down the clumpy sods after the initial dig
- Move any delicate plants to a sheltered spot and protect all potted planted plants during periods of hard frost
- Check lawns for moss (apply a moss treatment if necessary) and give lawn area a light mow (only during dry spells) to keep lawn looking neat
- Lightly brush off any snow from shrubs to reduce any potential damage to plants
- February is a very difficult month for our feathered friends, some feeding will be very beneficial
Article contributed by Owen Chubb – http://www.owenchubblandscapers.com