What To Do in the Garden in February

As we creep closer to spring bulbs will begin grow and appear above the soil as the temperatures increase and the days begin to become lighter again. As the plants begin to awaken the main gardening jobs in February include pruning and planting, with plenty of preparation still to do for the gardening year ahead. For those desperate to get outdoors there are plenty of flowers that can begin to be planted in February, take a look below at the things you can do in the garden this February.

What To Do in the Garden in February

Plants and Flowers:

  • Hardy flowers can be planted during the early parts of the year and will provide you with blooms for the majority of the growing season as they can be resown from April onwards. Species that thrives particularly well during this time include Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) and Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) which can be planted in pots on window sills to start the growing process in the end of winter sun.
  • Summer flowering bulbs can also be started in pots. These will most likely stay dormant as the temperatures remain cool but will give them a good head start as soon as the temperatures warm up. Species include Geraniums (Pelargonium)and Anemones (Anemone coronaria).
  • Propagators are great pieces of equipment for this time of year as they allow you to sow and start to grow from seed, helping you to add colour to your garden as soon as it begins to warm up. Some species such as Chrysanthemum can begin to be planted in greenhouses if you don’t have a propagator.
  • Bare root roses can be planted outdoors in sunny positions.
  • To add immediate colour to your garden if the weather is still particularly cold, plant winter-flowering shrubs such as Daphne, Viburnum and Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox).
  • Monitor your climbing varieties as they may need pruning before the end of the month. Wisteria, Clematis and Rhododendrons can all begin to be pruned.

Lawn Care:

  • Continue removing leaves and debris to avoid unsightly yellow patches being formed in the summer.
  • If the weather is settled, rake up patches of moss and treat stubborn areas with moss killer.
  • During mild spells you may want to give the lawn a light mowing. We recommend keeping the blades higher to keep the lawn from being cut too short and deteriorating.
What To Do in the Garden in February

In the fruit and vegetable patch:

  • If you need more space, begin building additional raised beds before the full growing season gets underway.
  • Prepare the soil for growing by raking over and removing any weeds. After the soil has been prepared you can cover with plastic sheeting to keep it clear and warmer ready for planting.
  • Prune Blackcurrant and Gooseberry bushes to encourage new growth this year.
  • Add compost or manure to fruit trees to encourage new growth.
  • Continue to leave your plum, apricot and cherry tree until the summer to prune to avoid diseases such as Silver Leaf.
  • Cover outdoor strawberries to encourage early fruits.

Pests and Weeds:

  • Look out for Hellebore Leaf spot disease and remove any leaves that begin to become affected.
  • Continue or begin controlling against slugs and snails to stop new bulbs and shoots from being harmed.
  • In planted pots remove any debris and check for signs of disease or root bound issues.
What To Do in the Garden in February

Watering Tips:

  • Frequently water new additions to your garden to help them acclimatise to your garden.
  • Avoid watering on frosty and especially cold days to stop the plants becoming frozen, try to water during midday so that the soil has time to absorb the moisture before the temperatures drop.
  • Remember to water any plants overwintering in your greenhouse, but avoid over watering and creating a damp atmosphere.
  • Ensure that the ground doesn’t stay wet after watering to avoid causing root rot.
  • Don’t forget to generously water your indoor plants as the central heating is on.

Planning:

  • Plan your vegetable garden for this year to ensure you have a good crop rotation to prevent disease.
  • Install water butts ready for use in the summer.
  • Now is also a good time to find out what type of soil you have so that you can order and plant according to your ground.

Something for the little ones:

  • Get children involved in the garden by getting them to help with feeding and creating fat balls for the local birds. They will love helping to attract birds and wildlife to your garden and seeing the rewards of their hard work!
  • Now is also a great time to wash and dry all of your empty pots ready for use in the spring, which can be fun to get young ones involved with but beware you may get splashed!

With Spring just around the corner make sure you have everything you need to prepare your garden and create beautiful displays by visiting our team at Holt Garden Centre. We stock everything from your spring flowering bulbs to tools and soil testing kits. If you need any help our team is on hand to give you the best help and advice, find us here. 

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