Hawthorn’s seasonal reminders. Bi-monthly gardening tips for the months of January and February
Looking good in the garden now
- Mow if grass is growing and if dry
- It is too early to apply general fertiliser except for in very mild areas. Sulphate of iron can be applied for the control of moss.
PLANTED BEDS AND POTS
- Overgrown hedging – this is an ideal time of year to trim back overgrown hedging.
- Ornamental grasses can be thinned out and dead leaves removed.
- Bare root deciduous plants can continue to be planted to the end of February.
- We are still in an ideal period of time for moving overgrown plants.
- Dividing of overgrown perennials. Their new home should have topsoil well forked over and the addition of well rotted farmyard manure.
- All overgrown climbers should be cut back heavily. Climbers that are not self adhering should be re-fixed to the wall.
- All pruning of Roses should be finished immediately.
- Hand weeding of planted beds and mulching. This will help with the control of weeds.
- Time to start sowing seeds for summer flowers
- If you are growing on the floor of the tunnel, now is the time to dig in well rotted farmyard manure and ground seaweed.
- Allow plants to dry out. Do not overwater.
- Pot bound plants should be potted on to bigger size pots, with free draining soil mixed with ground seaweed.
ALSO LOOKING GOOD IN THE GARDEN NOW…
- Saxifraga apiculata
- Galianthus in variety
- Crocus in variety
- Narcissus ‘Rijnveldt’s Early Sensation’
- Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
- Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’
- Sarcococca humilis
- Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’