February seems to have flown by after a long and dreary January. We are starting to see the light at the end of the bleak Winter tunnel with lighter nights and daffodils emerging, SPRING is just around the corner! We have put together some tips to preparing your garden ready for spring and to fall in love with the greenery all over again.
Install water butts
Install water butts in your garden now to collect seasonal rainfall. Not only does this help the environment but rain water is good for watering ericaceous plants such as Rhododendrons, Camellias and Blueberries.
Clean your greenhouse
Wash your greenhouse before spring arrives! Before long your greenhouse will be home to trays of seedlings and cuttings. Sweep out any plant debris on the floor and benches and disinfect with a hot solution of garden disinfectant such as Jeyes Fluid. Make sure you disinfect the inside of the glass too.
Fix your fences and gates
Although it’s cold outside this is the ideal time of year to get those niggly little jobs out of the way! Any broken structures or tools are best fixed now so you have more time to spend in the garden during spring and summer. Treat your wooden garden structures with a wood preservative during dry periods.
Clearing up your flower beds and boarders
Have a general tidy up and remove leaves and other debris from your flower borders, lawns and ponds. You can cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now, although if you’d like to be wildlife friendly then its best to leave the tidy up until early spring.
Order some Summer bulbs
This is the perfect task to cheer you up on a wet and windy day! Summer-flowering bulbs such as Gladiolus, Ranunculus and Lilies can be planted in early spring for a colourful summer display.
Sow seeds that need a longer season
In January and February you can start to sow seeds of plants which require a longer growing season, such as Aubergines, Antirrhinums, Peppers, Begonias and Geraniums. They’ll need to be grown in a heated propagator or similar to ensure good growth.