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February Gardening Maintenance Tips!

In this blog we look at the following:

  • Install a nest box
  • Check fleece or other insulations
  • Improve your soil before the new season begins
  • Clear away old plant debris from pond margins
  • Clean and service your lawn mower
  • Pruning and planning planting

As the winter chill fades away, it’s time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for the warmer months. February is the perfect month to start preparing your garden for the spring season ahead. With a few simple tips, you can ensure that your garden is in tip-top shape for the months of March and April. From pruning and planning planting for the year ahead, these February gardening tips will help you get your garden ready.

Install a Nest Box

A nest box is an excellent way to observe birds in your garden as they raise their broods in spring. Installing a nest box with a camera will allow you to monitor the birds without disturbing them.

Before installing a nest box, make sure to clear away any old plant debris that may be near the box. This will create a clean and inviting environment for the birds. To mount the box, use galvanized screws, nails or wood screws. Place the box in an area of your garden where it will be sheltered from the wind and rain. You should also ensure that there are nearby trees or shrubs for the birds to use as perching places. Once your nest box is installed, you can then enjoy watching the birds as they come and go!

Check Fleece or Other Insulations

It’s a good idea to check that any insulation, such as fleece or bubble wrap, is still in place around pots and borderline-tender plants. Plan ahead and clear away any debris which may be obstructing access or providing shelter to pests. Ensure that fleece is securely fixed in place and covering the plant fully. If you notice any wear and tear, replace it immediately.

Improve Your Soil Before the New Season Begins

It is important to improve your soil before the new season begins. One way to do this is by spreading garden compost or well-rotted manure over beds and forking it into the soil. This will give your plants and flowers the necessary nutrients they need to flourish. To start, clear away any weeds or debris from the area where you plan to spread your garden compost. Once that is done, spread an even layer of garden compost across the area and lightly fork it into the soil. Doing this will help the soil stay loose and aerated, allowing for better water absorption and promoting healthy root growth. This will give your plants and flowers the best chance at success in the upcoming spring months.

Clear Away Old Plant Debris From Pond Margins

It is important to make sure the margins of your pond are kept clear of old plant debris and leaves. If left unchecked, these can accumulate over time and block the flow of water in your pond. This can also contribute to stagnation, which is an unhealthy environment for fish and other aquatic life. To ensure your pond remains healthy and clear of debris, it is important to clear away any old plant material from the margins of your pond.

Clean and Service Your Lawn Mower

It’s important to clean and service your lawn mower. This is so that they are in good order for the upcoming spring months. Start by clearing away any grass or debris that may have collected on the blade. Then, sharpen the blade to ensure a cleaner cut of your lawn. If your lawn mowe has an air filter, check that it’s clear and replace it if necessary. You should also check the oil level and top up as needed.

Pruning and Planning Ahead

One of the most important tasks to do in your garden during the month of February is pruning and planting. Pruning is a great way to give your plants the space they need to grow, allowing them to get more sunlight and nutrients. For evergreen trees and shrubs, make sure you only prune when necessary and take off no more than a third of the foliage. This will help them to recover quickly and create a strong, healthy structure.

When it comes to planting, now is the time to start planning about what you would like to add to your garden. Think about color, texture and height when deciding what plants to buy for your garden.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your garden is ready for spring!

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