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Gardening Jobs

This is your last chance to plant any bare rooted shrubs or trees.

Cut back the dead stems of perennials and start dividing congested clumps. This includes aquatic plants too.

Start preparing any areas that are going to be sown with annuals or wildflower mixes this year.

Finish pruning wisteria, group 3 clematis and any summer flowering shrubs and any fruit trees (leave any stone fruit. e.g. cherries, and plums until summer).

Remove nets from ponds that were placed over it to catch autumn leaves.  Its also a good time to clean pumps and filters.

Water houseplants sparingly. Most should have been kept barely moist in winter.  Increase watering as they come back into active growth.

Permanent pots and tubs will benefit from topping up with fresh compost. Simply scrape off 1-2 inches of the old compost and replace with new. 

If you start mowing this month, set the lawnmower on its highest setting (you don't want to terrify the grass!).  Remove the clippings.

Start sowing tomatoes and cucumbers indoors and hardy vegetables outdoors as the month progresses if your soil is light and well drained.  If not, don't worry, and leave it until April.

Keep bird feeders clean and filled.  Put out fruits for ground feeding birds.

Keep bird baths topped up and free of ice.

Put up nesting boxes (and remember to clean out existing ones) for birds, to increase their choice of nesting sites.  Put up a bee house for solitary bees.

If you find a stranded or sleepy bumblebee, help to boost her energy levels with a simple 50/50 sugar-water mix. Pour the mixture into a small container or sponge. Place both the bee and the artificial nectar near to some flowers.

Plan and dig a wildlife pond or make an existing pond more wildlife friendly.

 

Back to the Gardens in March

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