Hints and tips by David Greaves for February / March

Hints and tips by David Greaves for February / March

  • 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.

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