Given that spring is rapidly approaching, February is a great month to spend outside in the garden getting things ready for the growing season. Although though it’s likely to be extremely cold during the entire month, now is still a great time of year to get outside into the garden and get your hands dirty. Your garden will still be largely dormant at this time of year, however there may be some early signs of life by the end of the month. If the weather is suitable, you might even spot the first daffodils blooming. We’ll talk about the maintenance tasks for gardening that need to be completed in February today.

Pruning flowering bushes

Outdoor roses

Pruning for roses and other flowering plants like clematis and buddleias is currently possible. Aim for a few-inch reduction in the length of the side shoots. In order to ensure that the entire plant has an abundance of blossoms, try to train the main stems to lie at an angle between 45 degrees and horizontal. You should also cut the stems as close to the ground as you can.

Soil quality

composted vegetables

When Spring draws near, the entire garden will soon experience a growth spurt. To give your plants and shrubs a head start, improve the soil in February. Digging through organic stuff that

has completely decomposed is a fantastic way to accomplish that. You can use composted green waste, manure, bark, or garden compost. Why not get a compost bin in February if you don’t already have one in your garden? Compost bins can be fashioned from pallets or an old wheelie bin made of plastic, or they can be bought reasonably from neighboring garden supply stores. It not only does wonders for your landscape but also presents a wonderful chance to recycle food waste, which is obviously beneficial for the environment as well.

Establishing a water-butt

It’s also a great idea to install a water feature in your yard in February. They are affordable to buy and the initial investment will pay for itself in reduced water bills. The best time to gather as much fresh water as you can in anticipation of the summer, when your garden will need it the most, is in February, when the UK normally experiences high rainfall.

Get Your Seeds Prepared for Spring

Place seeds.

February is a great month to buy seeds for the upcoming year to avoid disappointment. Why not be extremely organized and group your seeds by date so you can schedule your planting for the next year? In the world of gardening, it pays to be prepared. GrassGo Glasgow

Shrinking the size hedges

pruning a hedge

As the birds won’t have finished their nest construction by February, this is the ideal month to trim deciduous hedges. Many of the foundational tasks that would be much more difficult in the spring and summer may be finished during this month. Smaller hedges should be easily manageable with sharp, hand-held shears, but to make your life simpler with larger hedges, consider buying an electric hedge trimmer. Naturally, you should consider your safety whenever using this kind of equipment, and we strongly suggest wearing the proper gloves and eye protection. To avoid accidentally cutting the cord, place it over your shoulder.

For Pristine patios and walkways

Hard landscaping components like patios and pathways can have been harmed by the winter weather. Why not start spring and summer preparations in these areas in February? The Jetwash or even just a hose, a hard broom, and some dishwashing liquids can do the trick. However, it is better to wait until the summer months to consider whether your paving could benefit from a layer of sealant to help protect it against the elements.

Supper for backyard birds

Birds’ cage

Since there aren’t many insects around at this time of year for the local bird population to consume, putting out fat balls and filling bird feeders is a great way to keep them going through the winter. This will also have an indirect beneficial effect on your garden because the same birds will return in the spring and summer to assist in the management of dangerous pests and insects.

Organize a vegetable plot.

Garden vegetable plot

In recent years, gardens, even those in inner cities, have seen a resurgence of vegetable plots, with many even having their very own vegetable patch. You’ll be amazed by the flavours they produce and may find great satisfaction in growing your own fruit and veggies.  It is recommended to plan for your vegetable patch in February of each year. Building a vegetable patch now will ensure that it is prepared for the growing season if you don’t already have one. This is simply accomplished using either new or used railroad sleepers. Making a thorough plan for your garden and ordering the necessary seeds are wonderful ideas for this month.

Sow bare roots for your plants and bushes.

The best time to plant bare-rooted trees and shrubs, though, is in February. If the ground is frozen or damp, it is preferable to avoid doing this. Before planting them, dig a hole large enough for the roots to spread out, and then water them well because it’s important to keep the roots moist.


It’s an exciting time of year, February, and your garden is about to burst with growth, but you need to be ready to make the most of this lovely season. We hope that reading this piece will inspire you to take advantage of February and work in the garden.