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General Maintenance Start a compost heap ready to receive all of your kitchen and garden waste through the year. It’s a great way to recycle!
Clean your patio and other sitting areas to get rid of moss and algae that has accumulated. Notcutt’s path and patio cleaner will help with this!
Pressure wash your garden shed and apply a fresh coat of preservative.
Clean the glass in your greenhouse to allow as much light in as possible.
Clean out your water butts if they have been emptied, to remove sludge and algae in the bottom.
Have you seen our range of sheds? Patio and Container Gardening Move pots of spring bulbs to their flowering positions and make sure that they do not go short of water now that they are growing away.
Plant up containers with a range of spring bedding plants to give colour until the summer bedding is planted out in May.
Give Patio Fruit trees a feed of Sulphate of Potash to encourage flower and fruit production.
Browse our range of pots, planters & raised beds Bulbs and Perennials Remove winter damaged leaves from Helleborus so that they do not detract from the flowers as they appear.
Continue to remove the spent flower heads from Daffodils unless they are to set seed and naturalise.
Remove last year’s dead growth from ornamental grasses, chop and add to your compost heap in layers with finer material. Prune deciduous grasses to the ground, taking care not to damage any new shoots.
Continue to remove last year’s growth from perennials as this year’s new shoots appear.
Keep an eye out for early slug and snail damage and use your preferred method of control.
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Trees and Shrubs Prune any straggly growths from evergreen shrubs and conifers to tidy them.
Prune bush roses by one third, back to healthy leaf buds to tidy their growth after the winter.
Continue to tidy your borders and apply a feed of pelleted chicken manure, Vitax or another general fertilizer before adding a layer of mulch.
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Sowing and Planting Sow seeds of perennials in a cold green house or propagator. Gaillardia, Fox Gloves and Knautia are among many that can be raised easily and cheaply from seed.
Continue to sow seeds of annual bedding plants and pot these up individually or into plant packs once they are large enough to handle.
Towards the end of the month, sow hardy annuals in their flowering positions. Mark the rows well with sand to avoid pulling up the seedlings as they appear!
Move any deciduous shrubs that have outgrown their space by the end of this month. Make sure that newly moved plants do not go short of water until they are established.
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Lawns Begin to cut the grass with the blades on a high setting, as necessary.
If the weather is suitable, apply a lawn weed and feed preparation towards the end of the month.
Stay off your grass areas if the ground is frozen to avoid bruising and temporary black patches.
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The Vegetable Garden Sow lettuce plants under cover in plant packs and grow on in a sheltered place until they are large enough to plant out.
Sow Broad Beans, Carrots, early Peas, Radish, Parsley, Rocket and Spinach in the open ground once the soil is warm enough. Look for germinating weed seedlings which is a sign that the soil is warming up.
Early Potatoes can be planted out in milder areas of the country, towards the end of the month, along with onion sets.
Pick sprouting Broccoli and dig leeks and parsnips from the ground as required for use.
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Wildlife Visit your local garden centre and purchase some plants to attract pollinating insects and butterflies to your garden. Try to include plants that flower at different times of the year.
Make sure that you provide clean drinking water for birds. This is especially important during cold weather, when many water sources may be frozen.
Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips Garden Planning Plan ahead for the warmer weather! Make sure that you have plenty of water butts positioned to catch the spring rains.
Lay some leaky pipes or lay flat hoses in borders that may suffer from lack of water during times of prolonged dry weather.
Make sure that your borders are given a thick layer of mulch around existing plants to keep moisture in, condition the soil and help cut down on weeding later in the season.
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