It’s a good time to get some order into the garden, though not in an overly-tidy spic and span way. It’s more about selecting the plants that are definitely over, dealing with them and generally getting ahead so you’re not overwhelmed when the garden bursts into life in Spring, ‘the garden bursting into life’ is such a nice thought right now!
Deciduous grasses such as Calamagrostis, that have been looking pale and interesting may well be looking the worse for wear now, especially after all the snow.
If they’re broken and a bit atty, trim them back leaving at least 20cm of old growth to protect them from further frosts, fresh green growth will emerge at the beginning of March.
Trim back the old growth of plants such as Sedum, that have turned brown and mushy.
Trimming plants will encourage new growth, so don’t over-do it as new growth may be damaged by any further frosts.
If the weather is bad, it’s nice to be inside looking through seed catalogues and websites to decide what you want to grow this year.
Buy fresh compost and store it in the shed, it’ll warm up and help seeds germinate more quickly.
Check and repair or paint structures such as trellis and fencing, it’ll be much easier to do now when your borders aren’t crowded with plants.
Are there any changes that need making to the hard-landscaping elements of your garden?
is your patio big enough to accommodate your garden furniture?
do you need a path through the garden so you can reach the shed in winter?
Prune Wisteria, cutting side shoots so they have 3 healthy buds, it’ll need pruning again in August.
Prune large flowered Clematis to encourage flowering in May/June. Cut back the long stems, keeping a strong frame-work of old wood.
Then treat them to a mulch of compost around their base.
I’m looking forward to making some minor changes in my garden and growing plants for both the garden and the allotment.
I know from past experience that the next few weeks will be busy, not just in my garden but helping clients with their gardens too. So make some plans for your garden, get ahead and take the pressure off …. gardens are to enjoy, right?
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all images: Jill Anderson.