Month: January 2016

Gardening Chores to Tackle in February

Once February arrives, spirits begin to lift with the arrival of longer days and the promise that Spring is just around the corner. By the end of February, we should have seen snowdrops flower and crocuses bloom and look forward to daffodils flowering in March. There are plenty of jobs which need doing in the garden at this time of year. Roses – If your garden is sheltered or you live in a warmer part of the country, then it is time for the annual pruning of roses. Check over your perennials and remove any dead stems before young shoots start to develop. Fork over the soil in between plants so that it is less compact. You can divide older perennial plants or plant new ones this month. Finish digging over the beds that you may have already prepared for sowing annuals and dig in plenty of manure and/or fertiliser. Towards the end of the month you can sow half-hardy annuals in a cold frame or greenhouse. It is also time to finish potting and planting lilies. Check over your rock plants for any slug infestations. If you are not keen to use slug pellets then there are alternatives available… Read more »