February jobs to be done

Here’s what you need to do…

  • For early vegetable crops its essential to warm the soil before sowing, cover seedbeds with polythene or cloches.
  •  Complete pruning of climbing roses and rose bushes before new growth becomes too strong.
  •  Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest, pulling out dead flower stalks.
  •  If weather is mild enough to allow the soil to be worked, lift and divide clumps of herbaceous perennials replanting immediately wherever possible.
  •  Prune Mahonia once flowering is finished, by removing spent flowers at their bases.  Overlong shoots can also be cut back at this time of year.