However, whatever the weather in February, there are still plenty of jobs that can be done in and around the garden.
This is a great time of year to pressure wash decking, paving, stone garden ornaments and even your gravelled areas.
A Karcher pressure washer is simple and fun to use and will completely remove all the winter grime, moss and algae that’s built up on hard surfaces over the winter months.
It’s also a great time to pressure wash or clean the inside of your greenhouse and cold-frames; thoroughly wash all the staging and glass, paying particular attention to the nooks and crannies where harmful bacteria and insect eggs may lurk!
Send off lawnmowers and other garden equipment for repairs and servicing before the spring rush.
Tidy and organise the shed and garage ready for spring. Oil and clean shears, loppers and secateurs.
Check that your fencing and fence posts are secure and fit for another year; it’s best to replace any fencing now before all the plants emerge in your beds and borders.
If you can’t get outside then February is a great time to order plants, bulbs and seeds for the year ahead.
There are a lot of plants and bulbs widely available- take your pick from items such as;
- Bare root hedging
- Seed Potatoes
- Summer flowering bulbs
On Mild Days
Sometimes, February can be extremely mild allowing you to get out into the garden early.
Dig over and add well-rotted manure or compost to your kitchen garden area or allotment. Bear in mind, however if you want to plant brassicas such as cabbages, kale and Brussels sprouts, to leave the soil undug and manure free as they enjoy being planted into firm ground.
Check that your roses and exposed shrubs haven’t been blown loose over the winter. If they have, tread down the earth around the base of the main stem and remove any broken or snapped branches and twigs.
Cut down any remaining dead perennials to almost ground level and towards the end of the month reduce grasses such as miscanthus and phalaris to about 6”.
Finalise the pruning of apples and pears as well as wisteria and cut down autumn fruiting raspberry canes to ground level.
Getting the garden clean in February is very important. Areas of dead vegetation or piles of dead leaves make great breeding grounds for slugs and snails as well as harmful bacteria and fungi. Remove this sort of material and add it to the compost heap.
If the tops of any plants such as ferns, choisyas, euonymus and ceanothus have been damaged by frost over the winter leave the removal of the damaged foliage until the weather warms up. The damaged foliage can then be trimmed off and new growth will emerge from below.
Check that stone and terracotta pots have made it through the winter and haven’t cracked or broken. If you find any broken pots you can use the broken pieces as drainage crocks at the base of new pots. Just break the old pots into smaller pieces and place a layer of them over the drainage hole in the new pots before adding compost.
So there you have it! Let February be a month of planning and preparation; get you and your garden ready for the year ahead!