With the Winter almost behind us and temperatures rising the garden starts to show the first signs of life many buds are now forming on the trees and snowdrops are in full bloom.
Now is the time to get the gloves and boots on and set about giving your garden the best possible start to the year, solid preparation in February will ensure your garden launches into spring in the best possible condition.
Dust off the Secateurs
You still have time prune the deciduous hedges in your garden some hardy evergreens can also be pruned providing the risk of frost has passed.
Fruit trees such as apple and pears should also be pruned along with any cane fruits including raspberries and blackberries.
The borders of your garden need some particular attention this time of year if you haven’t already done so cut back the dead from herbaceous plants.
Preparation is key
Borders also need weeding and digging through with a good quality manure or compost to improve drainage and enrich the soil.
Bare root fruit trees can be planted along with bare root hedging. If you are growing vegetables this year now is the time to dig through vegetable beds with organic matter.
Should you wish to bring a new lease of life to Herbaceous plants that have grown too large, they can be divided this will rejuvenate the plant and increase its flowering, again should you choose to divide at this time of year try to ensure you do this when the risk of frost has passed.