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A few garden jobs for February


We're already heading towards the end of the planting season, and blooms are already appearing. Where does the time go?

Plants are on the move, evenings are getting lighter – it feels like winter might be behind us, but we should never tempt fate!

(oh, speaking of plants on the move, don't forget our March photo competition – the theme is ‘First flowers' and there's over £100 in vouchers to be had!)

Here are a few ideas for things to do around the garden over the next couple of weeks:

  • Prune any hardy evergreen trees and hedges before the birds start looking for nesting sites
  • Think about sealing and healing any pruned branches and stems to protect them from rot, pests and diseases
  • Wash trees to get rid of over-wintering insects and other nasties. This should be done and dusted by the end of the month
  • Grease bands should have been on well before Christmas, but if you think you'll suffer moths it could still be worth putting them in place
  • If the ground is ready (not frozen, not too wet), top-up on vital nutrients with a good organic fertiliser – the sheer volume of wet weather in the last year will have rinsed many nutrients out of the ground
  • Weed out around your fruit trees, and think about protecting the ground with a mulch
  • Are you planting soft fruit? February is a great time to put in raspberry canes, blackberry plants, hybrid berries and gooseberries
  • Give your overall garden hygiene a check-up, cleaning pots and trays, sharpening and sterilising tools, clearing out old tubs, bottles and jars (we all have them!) and testing any electricals
  • Have you got your stocks of compost and planting accessories such as stakes, spirals, mulch mats and Rootgrow?

And of course, there's still time to plant new bareroot trees, hedging, fruit and roses! (Just saying, you know...?!)


3 thoughts on “A few garden jobs for February”

  • Derek

    Could you please advise of feeding and prunning a mature 4 m Magnolia Grandiflora.

    Thanks Derek

  • Emma

    Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately I'm too lazy for doing this with this snow... I use you should try, easy to find people to get it done for you!

  • Darren


    Hi Derek, and thanks for your post.

    Magnolia rarely requires hard pruning to keep a good shape - just remove any dead, damaged, crossing, or otherwise unwanted branches. And take out any water shoots and suckers that will inevitably appear now and then.

    You can feed it with a balanced NPK general fertiliser in the spring. Sprinkle it on the ground around the tree about as far out as the leaves reach (don't touch the trunk though, leave a few inches space), and let the rain wash it down, or water it yourself if it's been dry.

    It won't need too much though, they all look a bit yellow at the start of the season until the roots get themselves going.

    Putting a mulch down is a good idea too to keep weeds at bay.

    Hope that helps,

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