5 Jobs in the Garden- February
It might not feel like it with the weather we’ve had lately, but spring is almost upon us and work in the garden gathers pace. Your garden needs you!
Here are our 5 tips for your garden this month, with a special focus on preparing well for the year ahead.
1. Start chitting your potatoes
Chitting potatoes means allowing them to grow sturdy shoots before planting and now is the time to do it so they are ready for planning out in March. Using a tray (an egg-box works perfectly), stand your potatoes rose end up- the rose is the end with the most eyes or sprouts. Now place your tray in a light, cool, frost-free environment and leave them to it. They will be ready when the sprouts reach approximately 2.5cm/1 inch long.
2. Cut back ornamental grasses
A real favourite of mine, ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus, provide superb structure and movement in the garden and can even be a stunning centrepiece in a border. But, come the end of winter, they start to look a bit battered and bruised and are in need of a good haircut. Simply cut back the dead stems to ground level, being careful not to damage the new green shoots that will provide a stunning show in the months ahead.
3. Re-shape lawns
Now is a great time to spark some new life into a tired lawn by giving it a brand new shape; sweeping curves or bold geometric shapes can become a real feature of any garden. If you don’t want to be too dramatic, use this time to make sure all your edges are re-cut, giving you sharp, clean lines when the mowing starts.
4. Clean off slippy areas
Wet conditions combined with general grime and winter frost can lead to some very slippy areas in the garden- particularly paving and decking. Come spring, you and the family will be out in the garden in force, so cleaning these areas now will help to prevent some nasty accidents. Apply a ready-made cleaner (try these: Deck or Paving) and then rinse off with a hose, or better still, a pressure washer.
5. Net fruit trees and bushes
To prevent the birds getting to them and causing damage. But remember, with cold weather set to continue for a while longer, leave plenty of food out to help them through until spring. 🙂
If you would like any help in the garden this month, please get in touch and we would be happy to help.
Thanks for reading, see you next month.