Garden jobs in February
Although it’s usually chilly outside in February, it’s a great month to get out into the garden and start preparing for the spring. By planting summer bulbs like alliums and lilies and dividing your winter bulbs like daffodils, you’ll be enjoying an array of colourful flowers throughout the year. Meanwhile preparing your vegetable beds now will ensure a bountiful and delicious harvest come this autumn.
Things you can do now:
- Cut back the foliage on ornamental grasses and herbaceous plants for fresh growth in the spring.
- Plant lily and allium bulbs for some bold blooms next year.
- Plant bare root roses which will establish quickly and flower in their first year.
- Prune your hedges before the bird nesting season so you don’t disturb them.
- Prepare your vegetable beds for planting by removing any weeds and digging in 5cm of chicken manure and fertilising as required.
- Begin chitting seed potatoes: you can do this by placing them in an egg box in the light, eye end up. Stop when the shoots get to about 3cm.
- Check your soil’s pH value if you don’t know it as this will help you pick the right plant varieties for your garden.
- Plant a climber against any wall, for example a shed or garage, that you’d like to cover up or add interest to.
- Divide bulb sets and replant the divisions to make your existing bulbs more productive and to gain additional plants.
- Net your fruit and vegetables to stop birds and pests from damaging them as they grow.
Primrose (Primula Acaulis)
Perk up your garden with a primrose
If you’re looking for a vibrant hit of colour in your beds, borders and containers this spring then a primrose could be your perfect plant. As they’re so hardy (they can survive in temperatures as low as -25°C) you can pop them in the ground now, to enjoy colour from early spring until the start of summer. You’ll be spoilt for choice in store with our selection of bright colours, bi-colours, double flowering varieties and even longer-stemmed polyanthus varieties that flower above the foliage. With prices starting at only 86p for individual plants and great value multi-packs they’re an affordable and beautiful way to create instant interest in your garden.
February plant of the month
Take a look at the Camellia, a great evergreen shrub to plant in your garden right now.
How to grow tomatoes
You can begin to sow tomato seeds in January. Just follow this guide to find out how to grow and care for a tomato plant.
How to plant a fruit bush
You could plant your own fruit bush this February. Find out how to grow and care for one here.
How to maintain your lawn in winter
Look after your lawn during the coldest time of year with this handy guide.
Expert lawn advice for February
Read our blog on how to care for your lawn like an expert this month.
How to felt a shed roof
Keep your shed looking great and in the best condition by following this guide to replacing the felt on its roof.
How to paint a fence
Get out in the garden and refresh your fence this February to keep it looking as good as new.
There may still be a chill in the air, but after the long winter months, February is a great time to get back into gardening. The first shoots of your Spring bulbs will soon be emerging and if you prepare well now, you’ll reap the rewards later in the year.There are plenty of gardening jobs to do this month, from weeding and fertilising your vegetable beds to planting fruit seeds and bushes to ensure a bountiful Autumn harvest. February is also a good time to plant Summer bulbs for a colourful display of Summer flowers.
Whether it’s raking away the leaves, or starting moss control and aeration, scheduling in lawn preparation now will help to produce a luscious green Summer lawn. February is also a great time to paint your garden fence to keep it looking pristine throughout the year.
Discover more garden ideas and advice here at Homebase.