Trees, Shrubs and Roses
- Finish planting any bare-root or root-balled deciduous trees in shelter belts or hedges within the next month if the ground has dried out sufficiently — aim to get it done before the middle of March.
- Any deciduous trees or shrubs to be moved should be lifted soon. There is still plenty of time with evergreens.
- Bush roses and repeat-flowering climbers should be pruned in the next two weeks, if not already done.
- Rose bushes can still be planted from pots.
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- Perennial flowers are showing some good growth in many cases and lifting and dividing of herbaceous flowers can resume if the soil is not too sticky.
- This is the best time to move perennial flowers in gardens on heavy soil as they get no setback and re-root quickly.
- Sow seeds of bedding geraniums, lobelia, busy lizzie and bedding begonias in a heated propagator and these should be sown right away.
- Control weeds in beds and borders before the new season growth.
- There is still time to sow dahlias, french marigolds and petunias.
- Spring bedding and bulbs in pots will be showing their colours and could be positioned to good effect.
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- Begin lawn mowing, if not already done, as soon as the soil is not squlechy underfoot.
- There is usually heavy moss growth in the cool, damp months so apply sulphate of iron to kill moss if necessary. It may blacken the grass but this recovers.
- The lawn edges can be straightened and humps and hollows sort out.
- On areas for sowing to grass in March or April, control weeds now by hoeing or on large areas by spraying with Roundup, and allow the soil to settle.
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Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
- When the soil dries enough in the coming weeks, sow early vegetables outdoors, such as garlic, shallots, early peas, broad beans and onions.
- Tidy up old rhubarb crowns and remove weeds. Lift rhubarb for forcing in doors if you like birhg red sticks.
- Early potato varieties can be placed in a bright place indoors, or greenhouse, to sprout which aids earlier cropping.
- Sow seeds of early varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, lettuce and onions in a tunnel or glasshouse for early crops.
- New fruit trees should be planted as soon as possible.
- Pruning of apple and pear trees and blackcurrant bushes should be completed within a couple of weeks.
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Greenhouse and House Plants
- To re-start strong growth, most greenhouse plants in pots will benefit from an increase in watering and also begin feeding, introducing a little plant food when watering.
- Sow seeds of tomatoes for greenhouse growing, also peppers and chillies.
- Check for signs of greenflies and other pests on greenhouse plants and house plants, and control them if necessary. There are few or no natural predators in the greenhouse and pests often have a free run.
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