Advice and Tips
Move houseplants away from windows on very cool nights so they don’t get too cold.
Make sure birds have plenty of food and water. They’re great fun to watch in the garden and while they’re visiting, they’ll do you an extra favour by eating some of the over-wintering pests.
Check your winter pots and baskets to see if they need watering. They can dry out surprisingly quickly in windy weather.
Don’t miss out the garden centre sales. It’s a great time to buy compost, seeds and other garden essentials at bargain prices.
Newly planted trees, shrubs and roses may have lifted slightly in the frost. Gently firm them back in on a mild day and check if any tree ties need re-tightening.
Send the lawnmower off for servicing. By beating the spring rush, you’ll get it back faster. And you’ll be needing to use it sooner than you think!
Check over-wintering dahlias and begonias for any signs of rotting off. Cut out any damage and dust the fresh cut with sulphur powder to stop the rot spreading.
When Christmas hyacinths have finished flowering, cut off the old blooms, put in a cool, light room and water once a fortnight with flower power. Plant outside from the end of February.