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Shrub & Perennial borders

Roses can be pruned towards the end of the month (never before Valentine’s Day) and apply a general rose fertilizer.

Trim back Winter flowering Jasmine (Jasmine nudiflorum) as soon as the flowers fade (only trim to shape or if necessary).

Lightly trim Winter flowering heathers as soon as the flowers fade.

Cut down old foliage on herbaceous perennials before new growth starts.

Divide and re-plant large clumps of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) when finished flowering but while still green.

Continue to dead head Winter and Spring bedding to encourage longer flowering. If the plants set seed the flowering period will be greatly reduced.

Summer flowering Clematis can be pruned down to emerging buds at ground level, including C. ‘Jackmanii’, C. ‘Ville de Lyon’ etc. Ask in the sales office if you are unsure as to when your Clematis should be pruned.

Lawns

Avoid walking on lawns when frozen. It can damage the grass and may result in brown footprint shaped marks.

Spike lawns with a fork if surface drainage is poor. You can even give the lawn a light trim towards the end of the month (raise the deck on the mower, don’t cut too short).

Kitchen garden

Apply a general purpose fertilizer to all tree, bush & cane fruit. Fruits like Blackcurrants and Gooseberries like a fertilizer high in Potash.

Autumn fruiting of Raspberries should have their canes pruned to ground level around the middle of February.

Buy seed potatoes of early varieties and place in trays of compost with their shoots facing up. Store them in a cool, light place to protect them from frost and to allow the shoots to develop. They can then be planted later in March.

General jobs

Spread mulch on your borders this month before plants get too large. This can be applied up to 5cm to 7.5cm (2in to 3in) thick. Newly emerging perennials will grow up through it.

Knock snow from trees and shrubs to prevent it’s build up from breaking branches.

Check ties and stakes of recently planted trees to ensure that they haven’t come loose in high winds. On trees that were planted previously, check ties to ensure that they are not cutting into the bark, it may be necessary to loosen them to allow the tree to continue growing.

If you have any queries on any of the advice above or any other items you would like help on, do not hesitate to give us a call or drop in and we will be happy to help and advise you.

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