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Spring is in Sight

Feb 28, 2016

This winter has been harsh in many areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Any activities in February that make us feel there is hope that warmth and lengthening days and spring are in sight are awesome.

In this article from the Royal Horticultural Society of the United Kingdon we find out that this month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There's plenty to do indoors this month to prepare for the season ahead. Outdoors, as the garden comes to life again, it's time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as Wisteria as well as evergreen hedges.

Top 10 jobs this month

1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover
2. Chit potato tubers
3. Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches
4. Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off
5. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering6. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting 'in the green'
7. Prune Wisteria
8. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
9. Prune conservatory climbers
10. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter

Lawns - General maintenance

If the weather is warm, you may need to start mow. Set the cutting height at its maximum, and only mow when the grass is dry.

Re-cut lawn edges to crisp up the appearance of the garden and save work later in the season.

Turf can be laid, provided the soil is not too wet or frosty. Work from planks, to avoid compacting the soil. Do not walk on the newly laid turf and leave undisturbed for several weeks to allow new roots to establish.

Prepare seed beds for new lawns to be seeded later in the spring, but only attempt this if the ground is not too wet.

Troubleshooting - Continue to look out for moles. Their activity increases in February, as this is the mating and nest (fortress) building season. Remove the largest hills and re-firm the ground before overseeding with grass seed in spring.

Keep brushing away worm casts, as they can be troublesome at this time of year.

Fusarium patch, or snow mould, and algae may continue to be a problem.

About the RHS - We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. Our work is driven by our simple love of plants and the belief that gardeners make the world a better place.

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