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February Gardening Advice

So, now January is done with (phew!) we can now start to look ahead and look forward to Spring. Making now the perfect time to start pruning and planting, you’ll thank us later.

Planting conditions are finally starting to improve so now is the perfect time to plant bare root and root ball hedging plants, shrubs and trees- take a look at our video for advice on how to plant a bare root hedge. Read our top 5 hedging jobs to be done this month below:

 

 

General Maintenance

 

Clear any weeds in your beds and borders and around the base of young trees, this will help to prepare your soil for spring planting. As there is still the chance of heavy frosts, ensure any protective covers on newly planted or fragile hedging, trees and shrubs are secure – take a look at our blog, “protecting your plants from frost and snow” for helpful tips. Now is a good time to consider lawn maintenance. It’s still a little bit too early for regular mowing but you can start your spring preparations by tidying your lawn edges.

Think about installing a water butt – It’s a great way to recycle rainwater and your acid-loving plants will thank you for it, as tap water can often be slightly alkaline for them. Add all the waste material gathered from around your garden to a compost heap rather than discarding it, as insects and other wildlife will appreciate the shelter and it makes for good mulch later in the year. We have some great tips on creating a DIY compost heap.

Wildlife

We hope you participated in the RSPB‘s Big Garden Bird Watch which took place on the last weekend of January. If so, remember to submit your bird sightings and feel free to share any pictures you took with us to our Facebook page or tweet us @best4hedging

Continue to hang fat balls and keep your bird feeders full this month – birds need the extra energy as the weather is still very cold and food is scarce. Consider putting up bird nesting boxes – it’s not long before birds will begin to pair up and start searching for a suitable home.

Plant bare rooted and root ball berried hedging to create a beak-watering buffet for birds later in the year or plant our professionally selected, RSPB approved bird friendly hedging bundles for a diverse

 

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