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
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
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
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.
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