This Month In The Garden - February

Below are just some of the things we will be doing in our clients gardens within the next month or so. If you are finding that you don't have the time to spend in the garden, don't enoy gardening or are finding it diffcult to manage why not let Snowdrop look after your garden for you?
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1. Prune shrubs that have finished flowering and finish pruning deciduous trees.
2. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate deciduous hedges
3. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter
4. Put a top dressing around plants after pruning, planting etc such as bark or gravel around alpines. This helps to improve the soil, suppress weeds, insulate roots and retain moisture during the summer.
5. Apply a general fertiliser to all plants. Apply the fertiliser where the roots are - roughly a similar area to the spread of the branches.
6. Regularly check stored fruit and veg removing any rotting or mouldy specimens.
7. Regularly deadhead plants and sweep up fallen debris, to prevent disease spreading.
8. Prune climbers.


Lawn Care

- Lay turf and repair the lawn if it is not too wet or frosty but avoid compacting the soil.
- Cutting the lawn edges can really improve the look of your garden and save you work later on.
- If you need to mow the lawn set the cutting height to its maximum.
Did you know?
Mole activity increases in February as it is the mating season and they are building nests.

Trees, shrubs and climbers

- Its okay to move established hedges, shrubs, trees and climbers and plant new specimens.
- Continue to plant roses but remember not to plant them where roses have previously been planted to avoid replant disease.
- This is your last chance to take hardwood cuttings of ornamental shrubs such as Salix, Forsythia, Ribes, Elaeagnus, Rosa, Weigela, Cornus, Chaenomeles and Escallonia.
- Summer-flowering deciduous shrubs can be pruned between February and March to keep them tidy such as Buddleja davidii, Hydrangea paniculata,Ceratostigma, Lavatera, Leycesteria, hardy fuchsias, Perovskia and deciduous Ceanothus. Some of these can be cut back very hard (stooled).
- Delay pruning spring-flowering shrubs until immediately after flowering or you might lose this years display.
- Prune out shoots on hardy evergreens that should be two colours but are growing with only one colour – otherwise the whole plant could revert to one colour.
- Cut back Ornamental vines, ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy now.
- Prune Wisteria by cutting back the sideshoots by two or three buds. Avoid cutting off flower buds.
- Prune Campsis stems by cutting back lateral branches to within two or three buds of the main branch.
- Late summer and autumn flowering Clematis can be cut back to the lowest pair of strong buds.
- Winter-flowering heathers can be trimmed as the flowers fade, keeping them bushy and colourful.


Flowers

- Cut back ornamental grasses and any other perennials that were left for some winter interest.
- Divide clumps of herbaceous perennials that have either become too large, that you want to propagate, are flowering poorly or have lost their shape.
- Plant Lily bulbs in pots for flowers in the summer.
- Deadhead winter pansies and other winter bedding to prolong the display.
- Top up pots and tubs with fresh compost.
Ponds

- Not much to do with ponds – stop them freezing over and keep an eye on the water level.
Did You Know?

Attracting wildlife to your garden can help to control pests in the summer. 

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