February is here, and with it comes the time to get your garden ready for spring! If you’re in the UK, then there are some unique challenges that come with gardening this time of year. But don’t worry - we have you covered. Here are some tips and to-do tasks for getting your garden ready for the upcoming growing season in the United Kingdom:
1. Prune back winter perennials: As the weather starts to warm up, it’s a good idea to prune back any dead or damaged foliage on your winter perennials. This will give them a head start on their spring growth spurt!
3. Monitor soil moisture levels: With rain in February still fairly unpredictable, be sure to monitor soil moisture levels in order to know when you need to give your plants an extra watering. Also be sure to water deeply at least once a week so that your plants can establish deep root systems for healthier growth during spring and summer.
4. Feed bulbs as they sprout: Bulbs are just starting to break through the ground now and they’ll need extra nutrients as they get established before flowering season starts in March or April. Give them a slow-release fertilizer now so that they’ll have plenty of energy throughout their growing season.
5. Check plants for pests & diseases: As the days grow longer and temperatures start climbing, now is a great time to check your plants for any pests or diseases that might be lurking from last season (especially if you didn’t do this during winter). Take note of any issues you find and address them quickly with an appropriate treatment method such as an insecticidal soap spray or fungicide solution if necessary.
With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a beautiful and productive garden this spring in the UK!