Garden Tips for  LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING.

  • IN THE GARDEN: Remove all dead foliage & make a pile or compost, this dead foliage is a wonderful host for pests & diseases when left around your plants.
  •  Keep tree-ferns & banana trees wrapped incase of late frosts.
  •  Plant summer bulbs...these can be brought on in the greenhouse.
  • Cut deciduous grasses back to approx. 20mm / 8" height if looking particularly scruffy. Remove any damaged stems from shrubs.
  • ROSES :Treat for blackspot - plant & surrounding soil, those pesky spores like to live in the soil overwinter & then re-infect the plant in spring!
  • SOIL : If you have heavy soil. ‘open up’ with a fork and add equal quantities of sharp’alpine grit and soil conditioner to improve  drainage.
  • CONTAINERS: Remove top 2-3" of compost, complete with weeds, algae & moss  & top up with fresh compost.
  • VEG. GARDEN: Turn over soil & remove weeds. Cover beds with membrane, heavy black plastic or cloches to warm soil ready for seed sowing. Garlic & shallots can be planted.
  • LAWNS : Rake moss out of lawns, spike to aerate.
  • GREENHOUSE: After a tidy up of dead foliage on overwintering plants, Annual geraniums & tender Fuchsia plug plants can be potted. if your keen & have a soil cable seeds can be started.