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Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in February:

  • Cut down faded foliage on herbaceous perennials and divide any plants that look congested.

  • Rake up leaves and dispose of in your green bin or compost to create leaf mould.

  • Prune Winter Jasmine by cutting back shoots that have flowered.

  • Transplant shrubs growing in the wrong place while they are dormant.

  • Cut down tall stems of Buddleia to low-growing emerging shoots.

  • Cut back ornamental grass to a few inches off the ground, being careful not to damage any new shoots. (Wrapping paper masking tape around the old foliage prior to cutting will help contain it once cut, then the whole bundle can be green-binned or composted.)

  • Prune apple and pear trees, force rhubarb.

  • Resist removing spent Hydrangea flower heads just yet as they can offer flower buds some protection against frost damage.

  • Start sowing seeds of bedding plants such as Impatiens, Violas and Pansies in a heated propagator.

  • Cover areas needed for early seed sowing with polythene or cloches to warm the soil.

Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional Gardener & Horticultural Specialist. fabianlee001@gmail.com


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