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February – Spring is around the corner

This month, the beginnings of spring are starting to make themselves known with hints of green shoots and the presence of wildlife emerging from  hibernation to explore their own belated new year.

The warmer, earlier mornings bring new garden responsibilities. Its time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as wisteria, and evergreen hedges.

February jobs to do

Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover

Chit potato tubers

Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off

Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering

Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’

Prune Wisteria

Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges

Prune conservatory climbers

Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter

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