Jobs to do in the garden
Empty watering cans of standing water
Watering cans, water butts or any water storage, both metal and plastic are at real risk of damage during cold, frosty weather. Before the cold weather comes it is vital that you empty all watering containers and store them upside down, even in the greenhouse or shed.
When water freezes it expands and can easily cause metal and plastic containers to crack. Come the spring they will leak and your beautiful Haws Watering Can will be ruined!
Manufacturers tend not to offer warranties or guarantees against frost damage, so this is one simple thing you can do to save you the expense of a trip to the Garden Centre next Spring!
Preparing for Spring
Spring is just around the corner, and with the worst of the winter weather hopefully behind us, this month is a good time to start some eary preparation for the growing season.
This is the ideal time to turn over your soil beds, removing any clods of earth and topping up with compost. In fact your pot plants will benefit from a layer of compost too.
If you are planning any lawn areas then this month you can dig over and sow your lawn.
February is the month for getting some pruning done. Evergreen hedges and summer flowering plants such as Wisteria or Clematis will benefit from a hard prune. Make sure the worst of the frost is over before you start, the South of the country will be able to get started a bit earlier than those of us in the colder North.
Don't forget there is still the likelihood of winter frost, so don't remove your plant protection just yet.