Hints and tips by David Greaves for February / March
Published by admin on Wed, 2015-02-18 10:00
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
- Cut back dogwood (Cornus) and willow (Salix).
- Pull any weeds showing before they get out of hand.
- On warmer days open greenhouse and conservatory doors and vents to assist with germination.
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes, but keep warm in a greenhouse or conservatory.
- Continue to plant hedging plants, shrubs, trees and climbers, ensure to stake and rabbit guard them.
- Ornamental cherries, plums and almonds are vulnerable to silver leaf if pruned before mid summer.
- Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens to prevent reversion taking over.
- Cut deciduous hedges if necessary.
- Keep vines, ivy and creepers away from windows, doors, gutters and roof tiles.
- Check and repair pergolas and arches if needed.
- Remove algae from paths and patios to avoid them becoming slippery.
- During dry spells treat timber structures with wood preservative or stain, ensure it’s a well ventilated place.