Preparing your garden for spring: Gardening tips for February
February is nearly upon us and heralds the last few weeks of the winter. This means it is the perfect time to start preparing your garden for the coming spring, so here are some tips to help you make the most of the next growing season.
Use February to get rid of all the last remaining weeds from around the garden and lawn turf, as well as any other large plant debris such as leaves and fallen branches. Take care not to undertake any heavy weeding or tilling immediately after rainfall, as very intense work can damage the topsoil structure when it is sodden. Let it dry a little first so the soil texture remains aerated.
Prune Rose Bushes
Late winter is the time to prune your rose bushes as they are still dormant. Get rid of all the dead branches and any bloom stalks left over from the previous growing season. Pruning encourages the rose bushes to grow more compact which presents a more pleasing appearance when in full bloom.
Start a Compost System
You can start a compost system at any time in the year, but if you don’t have one already then now is the time to start. You can buy great composts and turf fertiliser, but there is something satisfactory about making it yourself. Create the compost system using garden waste from weeding, pruning and trimming lawn turf, bushes and grass plants, as well as old bark chippings. Add in all your kitchen scraps and even used tea, though do remove it from the bag first.
Improve Your Soil Quality
Add compost or turf fertiliser to your soil to replace all the nutrients that were consumed during the previous growing season. Composts improve the soil structure and create the ideal habitat for certain insects and microorganisms that are beneficial to soil health and plant growth for shrubs, lawn turf and grass plants. This is why it is a good idea to replenish the topsoil with compost around this time of year to give it plenty of time to mix into the rest of the soil. You can also add a good layer of high quality topsoil to give your garden the best chance of having a fantastic growing season once spring rolls around.
Plant Cold-Resistant Annuals
Cold-resistant annuals can start being planted in February as there are plenty of species that can handle a light frost. Think of the pansy, sweet pea, dianthus, sweet alyssum and calendula, as these are all good choices to plant ahead of the springtime. If extreme low temperatures should occur, then a sheet of garden fabric placed over them or a layer of bark chippings should help them defend against sudden freezing conditions.
Depending on the severity of the weather in your area, February can be an excellent time to start planting bulbs. Maybe hold off if you are still getting lots of frost, but once the really bad weather has passed, get your bulbs in so they can get a jumpstart on the growing season. Ideally place them where they will receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight a day. Make sure the soil drains well so they don’t get too soggy during a rainfall, and place a layer of garden mulch such as bark chippings in case there are any late-winter cold snaps.
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