How to do a garden tidy up in February
February is the last time to prepare your garden before all the lush green grows back. To help get your garden ready for the year try these garden tips.
Remove leaves from plant beds and containers. If you don't they can start to rot and may cause disease. If you have a compost heap you can add what you collect.
Perennial plants, the ones that tend to die back over winter unlike evergreens, (which, not surprisingly, stay green all year) may leave branches and seed heads behind.
Many people leave them without trimming them back to help wildlife find protection from the elements in the winter . The seeds can also be a source of food.
If you have left them, now is the time to cut them back as this will help improve their appearance and flowering. Cut down any remaining growth on perennials as close to the base as possible. If you grow any Fuchsias, such as ShadowDancers, wait until the very end of February, then trim them down and place in a sheltered spot. This will encourage new growth.
Keep an eye out for weeds and deal with them as soon as possible. Leaving weeds, even in colder months, means they can spread their seeds. If the weather is mild you may see weeds like nettles coming through. It's a good idea to remove them whilst they are still small.
If you have any cleaning up left to do such as tidying and cleaning greenhouses and sheds, make sure you do this before things start to grow. Having a deep clean can help prevent pests and diseases spreading into the new gardening season.
If we get a warm February, you could need to mow the lawn already. Just make sure it's dry when you do. Try not to cut it back too short just yet by using the highest setting on your lawnmower.
Mulching involves covering your soil in some sort of organic material such as bark chippings and compost. It can help give your plants more nutrients, hold in moisture, insulate and protect against weeds. Normally mulching is left until slightly later in the spring but you may need to work in a bit of mulch around plants that are already starting to come through the top of the soil. Composted leaves from the autumn are good for this. Try not to do this on wet days or when the ground is frozen.