January & February in the Garden
One of the first things I would do is have a walk around your garden and have a good look at it.
How are your boundaries? Does your fence need repairing?
Is there a gap in the hedge that needs a new plant to fill it in? Are your climbing supports ready for this year?
Do any of your trees need re-staking or do the existing tree straps need loosening?
Next I would have a look at the plants in my garden. Do you have perennials that are over grown and would benefit from being lifted and divided?
Now is also a good time to cut back all dead wood to the base.
Customers are always asking me, when do I prune my garden?
Well here are a few examples:
If the plants loses its leaves in the winter (deciduous) you can prune it back in winter, an exception is if the plant is going to flower in the spring you prune directly after flowering.
With regards to plants that keep their leaves in winter (evergreen) you normally wait until late March/early April to prune these, again with the exception if they are just going to flower, enjoy the flowers and prune afterwards.
After walking all over the lawn it will benefit from some early treatment. It is too early to feed it but it is a good time to give it a good raking or if it is a large area you might consider hiring a scarifier. What you are doing is lifting the old moss and thatch that sits on the soil. If you still have a lot of moss you can put on a mosskiller which is very effective at this time of year.
If you are unsure of what to prune and when, take a photograph and pop up to us and we will talk you through it.
We look forward to seeing you this spring.