The weather may not be great at the moment, but there is plenty you can do to give your garden a boost. Here are some jobs that need doing around the garden in February:
Start mowing lawns if the weather warms up in your garden in February
When it comes to mowing the lawn in February, there are a few things you should know. First, you must mow regularly and at the right time. If you mow your lawn too early or too late, it can damage your grass.
Secondly, make sure that the height of your grass is not too long or too short because this will also damage it. An excellent way to keep track of how often and how much you need to be cutting is by using a ruler as a guide for how high up on the blade should be before each pass-through with your ride-on mower.
Finally – it’s important not only what type but also what brand of oil is used when lubricating parts such as blades since these components heat up during operation, so they require specific types of oil which won’t break down over time due to exposure to heat generated by friction within their components.
Force rhubarb by firstly removing any old leaves
- Remove old leaves
- Cut the rhubarb stems to about 2 inches above the crowns and remove any side shoots that have formed since they were last trimmed.
- Cut off and discard any damaged or rotten pieces of rhubarb stalks.
- Force rhubarb by firstly removing any old leaves from your forced plants; then cut the crowns into 4-6 inch lengths; place them in a container of water, cover with water and leave overnight before planting out again in March/April as expected.
Prepare Beds and Borders
Prepare Beds and Borders for seeds by digging in compost or manure.
Prune evergreen and deciduous or topiary hedges in your garden in February
- Prune evergreen and deciduous or topiary hedges to promote fresh growth.
- Remember to prune your hedges at least twice a year in winter and spring. This gives you more control over the shape of your hedge, which is especially important if you have an ornamental flowering species such as Kolkwitzia amabilis
- Deciduous hedges should be lightly pruned in autumn to remove dead or damaged branches and avoid trailing shoots that make it difficult to trim back in spring. If left unchecked, these can take over the centre of the hedge next year.
- Evergreen shrubs may need light pruning during late autumn/early winter to remove dead or damaged branches as well as crossing branches that could inhibit growth next year.
Grow your own Raspberries
Raspberries are a great crop to grow in February. They don’t need much care and are easy to harvest and eat, so you can enjoy them all summer long. Several different types of raspberry plants are used for commercial growing purposes, but some of the most popular include the ‘Rubel’, ‘Tilgate’ and ‘Heritage’. These varieties will produce a large amount of fruit in just one season, but they do require pruning every year or two if you want your plants to stay healthy over time (which also means even more tasty berries!).
To plant raspberries, you’ll need some containers with drainage holes at the bottom—you can use anything from plastic pots to wooden ones if those suit you better—and a soil mix specifically designed for growing raspberries.
Growing cucumbers, leeks and tomatoes indoors
Cucumbers, leeks and tomatoes need a warm, sunny spot to grow. You can use a greenhouse or cold frame, but you can also grow them indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Leek seeds should be started indoors about 12 weeks before transplanting time, so it’s best to start them in January or February. Transplant your leeks when the temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime lows are above freezing.
Tomatoes need plenty of sun (at least six hours per day) to ripen fruit properly; plant them in a container that has drainage holes and place them on a sunny windowsill or outdoors if there’s room for them in your garden bed.
How to make the most of your garden in February
As you can see, there are many jobs to be done in the garden in February. The weather may not be ideal for all of them, but it’s worth giving it a try if possible as there is so much to do with gardening. We hope this article has shown you some ways that your garden might benefit from some time spent outdoors at this time of year. If nothing else, then perhaps we have given you an idea or two about what tasks need doing today!
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