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Top Tips for February

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Plants

 

  • Bring in frost tender plants when freezing temperatures are forecast. Protect others in the garden with horticultural fleece – bays and olives in pots can be vulnerable in severe winters
  • Plant container grown and root-balled hedges and trees 
  • Plant fruit trees
  • Trim holly hedges
  • Fill empty gaps in the garden with evergreen shrubs like laurel, holly, pittosporum, photinia, ceanothus, skimmia and euonymus. Delights of the winter garden include the winter-flowering cherry (Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis), Viburnum bodnantense Charles Lamont or Dawn, coloured-stemmed dogwoods, Sarcococca (scented winter box)
  • Plant rhubarb crowns or pot-grown plants
  • Plant snowdrops 'in the green' and pot grown winter aconites and bluebells

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Watering / Garden Care

 

  • Complete fruit tree pruning (apples, pears, blackcurrants). Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes to the ground if missed earlier in the winter
  • Prune gooseberry bushes: remove a few of the older stems to the ground. Reduce other stems by one third. Feed with a handfull of sulphate of potash
  • Clear, dig and manure/compost the veg garden. Let weed seeds germinate, then hoe them in
  • Prune wisteria and cotinus. Prune climbing, shrub, standard, species and tea roses. Burn waste and / or remove all old leaves from the garden
  • Check tree stakes and standard rose supports. Replace if rotten below ground. Secure ties
  • Cut back overgrown hedges and mulch with manuire or compost
  • Untidy perennials can be trimmed now but cold-sensitive varieties should be left until later as the foliage provides frost protection
  • Clear leaves from pathways, lawns and around box hedging
  • Feed the birds and clean bird feeders and baths regularly to prevent disease

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Thinking Ahead

 

  • Plan ahead for lots of colour in Spring by planting rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and heathers. They need ericaceous compost
  • Buy seed potatoes ready for chitting
  • Plan your 2017 veg garden and buy seeds, seed-trays and compost
  • In the greenhouse, sow aubergines, beetroot, celeriac, celery, peppers, chillies, tomatoes and herbs
  • The following can grow where they are sown: broad beans, calabrese, carrots, lettuce, onions, spring onions, parsley, parsnips, peas, radishes, rocket, spinach, turnips
  • Clean and disinfect greenhouses, coldframes and tools

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Lawns

 

  • Avoid walking on saturated or frozen lawns
  • Have the lawn mower serviced 
  • Consider installing rigid lawn edging in Spring to keep the lawn tidy in Summer and reduce maintenance 

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The Hertfordshire Garden Centre.

Redding Lane,
Redbourn,
St Albans,
Hertfordshire.
AL3 7PS

Tel: 01582 792255

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