February weather can be slightly warmer allowing us to get out in the garden this month is the time to do an inspection of your garden.

Borders and Plants:
Perennials may heave up out of the ground as temperatures warm up. If so gently firm roots back into the ground and surround the plant with additional mulch. Check all protective mulches around trees and flower bed. High winds this winter without snow cover probably disturbed the mulch exposing plants to winter injury. Move mulch back in place and firm down. Remember not to cover crowns of perennials, this causes disease problems. Keep bare soil covered. For the next few months any bare patches of soil should be covered in leaf mould or mulch. Mulch requires very little effort to lay, and is great for applying to the roots of established or flowering plants.

Cut back old stems in herbaceous borders.

Protect shrubs from snow damage by shaking it off the plants and shoring them up with soil around the stems.

Bare root roses will establish easily if planted now, just remember to prune them back to prevent wind rock and to also encourage new growth from the base.

In the coming months it is important to fertilise the garden. The ideal moment to add fertiliser differs per plant. Some plants even have their own specially developed fertiliser. Of course, it is possible to use standard fertilizer for the whole garden, but for the best results some plants need fertilizer with a special composition.

Pruning and training:
Storm damaged branches should be pruned immediately to prevent bark from tearing causing further damage. Most deciduous trees should be pruned while still dormant in February and March after severe weather passes. 
Finish winter-pruning fruit trees such as apples, pears and quinces, which will soon be starting to show fruit buds.
Do the final pruning of wisteria, cutting back laterals and side shoots to within two or three buds of the main stem. Wear gloves and protect  your face - there are thorn-like protrusions on the new growth.Cut back ivy on walls before birds start nesting. Be ruthless - it will look better for a hard pruning.

Climbers should be cut back to a framework and stems that have flowered cut out from ramblers. Prune weak growth from early summer-flowering clematis and cut late-flowering clematis back to 15-30cm from the ground

Start pruning your roses after mid-February if you didn’t do the job in the autumn. Autumn pruned roses will be showing new buds and shoots now; as last year was a bad one for mildew and black spot, spray the bushes thoroughly with a fungicide, making sure you wet the branches as well as the new growth.

You can plant bare-root fruit bushes until the beginning of March; containerised ones may be planted at any time, however, providing the ground is not flooded or frozen, or drought conditions don’t prevail.

Lawns:
Check lawn for standing puddles of water. Correct drainage where necessary or replant those areas with more suitable groundcovers. Try to not mow at this time. Birds pecking at the turf help remove soil grubs such as crane fly. Carry on  lawncare such as aeration and top dressing 

General:
Check plant supports and do any repairs before plants start growing.

When the weather allows, carry on clearing paths of moss and leaves especially keeping it off lawns and out of ponds. Take care not to let leaves accumulate around.
Keep Clean External Slippery Surfaces
The build up of moss and algae on the external areas can make it very slippery and unsafe.  Our high pressure jet washing service can maintain your garden and property making it not only clean and fresh looking all year round but also help to keep it safe and protect from slips, trips and falls on outside pathways, patios and decking. Using high pressure jet washing equipment we can clean any surface from concrete to tarmac and anything in between. Your stone, stone features and even some of your garden furniture can be brought back to life! This service should be undoubtedly high on your list of priorities.

We can also provide an excellent service in cleaning, refreshing and protection for all types of externally used stone, features, furniture

Enjoy your garden and don’t forget to take time and stop and stare at the wonder of nature. Happy gardening!