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Garden Maintenance: Jobs to do in February

The lighter nights have arrived.

During February, there are signs that spring is on the way. As temperatures begin to rise, it might prompt you to start thinking about preparing your garden for the spring. Even in January, there is plenty to do, including grass cutting, pruning and trimming. So, today we have highlighted some of the critical exploits we undertake as part of our regular garden maintenance in January.

Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter.

There are two different types of ornamental grasses, deciduous and evergreen. During February, cutting back deciduous grasses will ensure they look their best for the rest of the year. The horticultural society suggests that some deciduous species should be trimmed to ground level before early spring. However, some can be done a little later as they don't produce growth until later in the season and they will be protected by the old stems. For further information click here.

Furthermore, the horticultural society suggests that small evergreen grasses can be trimmed before spring. This involves cutting back dead leaves that collect around the base. Whilst larger evergreen species can benefit from hard pruning. This involves cutting back as far as possible.

Finally, evergreens such as sedges are not cut back completely, any slightly scorched or diseased leaves can be removed individually.

Get pruning.

Your climbers should be routinely pruned in winter once the flowers have faded, this is usually between December and February. In addition, you may want to change your trellis depending on how it looks.

For shrubs like evergreens, you should consider pruning them anytime between now and mid-spring. Ideally, you want to wait until any risk of frost has passed, so maybe leave until later in the month. If you have evergreens that are still flowering, it is important to wait until this process has finished.

Pruning hedges should take into account the potential for nesting birds. However, there are generally optimum times for pruning hedges. Deciduous hedges require formative pruning in winter for the first two years of planting. The can then be maintained as part of your summer gardneing. Evergreen hedges can be pruned a little later. When undertaking work on garden hedges you must ensure there are no birds nesting. Birds nesting season is generally from March to August, however, it is an offence to dmanage or detroy a nest whilst it is in use or being built.

Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover.

If growing growing vegetables from seed is your thing then it is important to plan ahead so that you don’t find that your hard work produces gluts and shortages. Knowing which vegetables to sow where, when and how means you can maintain constant supplies throughout the season.

Sowing can begin under cover during February. Salad crops like lettuces can be grown all the way through to autumn. Consider sowing small amounts on a regular basis to keep your supplies constant.

Outdoor Maintenance Company.

Keeping on top of your garden can be an extreme challenge. Even though the weather might be getting warmer, Winter and Spring can still be both cold and wet. In addition, spending huge amounts of time on your garden can impact the time you might like to spend doing other activities (including enjoing your garden).

Therefore, we provide all manner of regular garden maintenance from grass cutting to pruning and everything in between. Our team are friendly and reliable and we pride ourselves on doing the best job possible. Therefore, we provide a satisfaction guarantee, meaning if you are not 100% happy, we will return to your property until you are. For a free no-obligation quote, click here.

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