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February Jobs

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Our full guide to all of the jobs to do in the garden in February
What to do in the garden in February
February is an exciting month, spring is almost here and you will start seeing the first signs of the garden coming to life. Weather-wise, February is a generally colder month with a fair amount of snow, frost and showers. Generally, there is more sunshine this month than in January but be sure to keep an eye on the forecast, there could be some surprise winter turns to come.

If the weather isn't cooperative, you could spend the time indoors with a bit of garden planning, revisit your spring to do and plans list from the months before to get an idea of how you would like to arrange your planting this year. You could also look at purchasing compost and any extra supplies in anticipation of the better weather ahead. 

There are still jobs that need doing this month, such as mulching, cutting back and checking on your overwintering plans. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, it's worth getting some netting put up to stop intruders feasting on your plants!

As always during winter, ensure bird feeders and or bird tables are stocked with plenty of food as their natural resources are reduced during the colder months. 

Ornamental Garden:

  • In late February, cutback hard (coppice) all coloured stemmed cornus (Dogwood) to within 15cm of the ground. This will maximise the number and quality of coloured stems on display for the the following year.
  • Heavy snowfalls –   Gently shake off shrubs to prevent damage.
  • Prune Roses creating an open outward facing framework.
  • Prune clematis (late/summer flowering).
  • Re-shape borders with edging iron.
  • In late February – cutback deciduous grasses.
  • Remove weeds from borders as necessary. 
  • Prune out dead; diseased or damaged wood from trees and shrubs.
  • Complete pruning of Apple/ fruit trees if not already done.
  • Mulch borders if not already done in autumn – taking care of emerging bulbs.
  • Cut back side shoots of wisteria, pruning to two to three buds.
  • Plant new climbers such as clematis / honeysuckle.
  • Prune summer flowering deciduous shrubs that flower on the current year’s growth – eg buddleja, lavatera.
  • Sow hardy annuals for summer colour.
  • Start pricking out seedlings that are already growing.
  • Prune winter flowering shrubs when the flowers have started to fade

Vegetable Garden:
  • Plant seed potatoes and chit tubers by placing them eye end up in trays or egg boxes in a light, cool, frost free place.
  • Sow crops like broad beans, lettuce, etc. and place in greenhouses or cold frames for an earlier harvest.
  • Keep on top of brassicas maintenance, remove any yellowing leaves to keep it tidy.
  • Now’s the time if you want to think about planting asparagus – keep weed free and mulch with a thick layer of organic matter.
  • Apply general fertilisers including Q4, grow more / blood fish and bone to borders.
  • Mulch tree and cane fruit after pruning.
  • Finish planting garlic.



Top products for February Gardening

Melcourt Sylvamix Seed Compost

Melcourt Sylvamix Growing Medium is a peat-free seed compost for the propagation of seeds & cuttings. Melcourt Sylvamix contains a long-lasting fertiliser for up to 6 weeks of nutrients. 
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Jiffy 6cm
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Biodegradable Jiffy pots are ideal for seeds, seedlings, transplanting and cuttings. Jiffy pots give your plants a quicker start by significantly reducing root disturbance. Jiffy fibre plant pots contain peat.
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Melcourt Composted Fine Bark

Melcourt Composted Fine Bark™ is an organic soil conditioner using sustainable conifer bark sourced in Britain. This bark mulch is 100% peat-free, certified by the FSC and endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.
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Sinclair Modular Seed Compost

Sinclair Modular Seed Growing Medium is a peat-based seed compost with nutrients, suitable for sowing seeds and transplanting plant cuttings into modular trays. 
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10cm Heavy Duty Long Plant Pots

These square long tom black plant pots are great for raising deep-rooted plants such as strawberries, tomatoes, beans or sweet peas. Manufactured from tough and durable plastic.
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Bulldog 6" Planting Dibber

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Gardman Seed
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The Gardman seed sower is ideal for easy and accurate sowing, has adjustable flow holes, for use with different-sized seeds, and reduces seed wastage.

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From indoor plant care to the very best fertilisers for our outdoor plants and patches, we stock a wide range of feedsand fertilisers to suit any gardening project. 

Organic and Non-Organic fertilisers available.

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