February 2018 – Preparing for Spring

This month shows signs of spring heading our way, with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. Here are a few tips on how to get ready for the new season.

  • Protect fruit and vegetables such as apricots, nectarines and peaches with netting to keep the birds off.
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
  • Deciduous grasses need cutting back around spring so that they will look their best.
  • Small evergreen grasses can be trimmed, remove any brown tips and cut back the dead leaves that usually collect around the base.
  • Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown hedges.
  • Wisteria needs regular pruning to keep the growth and size under control, but it will also improve the way the flower blossoms.

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