Gardening jobs for February

There is plenty to do to prepare your garden for those milder spring days that are just around the corner.


  • There is still time to plant Lily bulbs in the borders for an attractive summer display.
  • Start dahlia tubers into growth. Plant in a shallow tray of potting compost in a light, warm place. When shoots reach 2.5cm pot up and grow on in a frost free environment until they can be planted out in early June.
  • Start feeding roses. Encourage healthy growth and flowering by feeding hungry plants such as clematis and roses with a general purpose or rose fertiliser later this month.
  • Prune Wisteria by cutting back side shots and shortening the summer pruned shoots further to just two or three buds.
  • Tidy herbaceous perennials. As new growth starts to emerge , remove old stems completely.
  • Lawns may need mowing soon.Use a high setting and avoid mowing wet or frosty grass, or if the ground conditions are too soft.
  • Continue to deadhead winter pansies and other bedding to encourage flowering.
  • Sow sweet peas on a windowsill or in a cool greenhouse.


  • Cut all canes of autumn fruiting raspberries down to ground level.
  • Apply a general purpose fertiliser to tree, bush and cane fruit.
  • Buy and plant cane fruit, bare root plants will be available now.
  • Sow seeds of tomatoes and cucumbers for cultivation under glass in a bright warm place. For crops to grow outdoors sow in March.
  • Chit seed potatoes of early varieties now in a light , cool, frost free place.
  • Prune citrus trees
  • Protect the flowers of outdoor peach, nectarines and apricots with horticultural fleece now and hand pollinate with a soft paintbrush as insects are scarce now.


  • Consider birds when pruning. Deciduous hedges should be pruned this month before the birds start nesting.
  • When ordering plants and seeds online always use a reputable UK supplier to reduce the risk of spreading pests, disease and invasive plant species.
  • Save old newspapers for making paper pots for seed sowing.
  • To reduce the use of plastic, find plants that have been grown in biodegradable pots and rather than buying plastic seed trays reuse old fruit punnets and yoghurt pots.
  • Now is a good time to install compost bins or to make a compost heap. They should be positioned in partial shade directly onto soil to allow drainage and access for beneficial soil organisms.
  • Hazel coppicing, done every few years now is the ideal time to produce strong, straight poles ideal for bean supports or ornamental climbers.



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