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Garden Jobs to do this February

 

February is often the coldest month and the middle of winter but there is light at the end of the tunnel! You may have noticed that slowly but surely, the days have started to lengthen and this means the garden is starting to grow. So now is  time to plan for your coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Get ready to pull on your warm clothes, enjoy the fresh air, and go outside to get things moving! See below for our best tips to get a head start on your garden.

 

Top 8 jobs this month:

 

1. Check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather.

 

2. Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring. It may not be the most glamorous of winter tasks but cleaning out greenhouses, gutters and water butts is an important one. Cleaning greenhouses, whether glass or plastic, greatly improves the growing environment for plants. By removing the algae, moss and grime it lets in more light and helps control pests and diseases too.

 

3. Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already. Soil cultivation or digging may be hard work but, if taken slowly, it need not be back-breaking.

 

4. Disperse worm casts in lawns. Earthworms are useful in the garden, including in most lawns. However, worms casts on fine low-cut turf are considered by some gardeners to be a nuisance. The action of worms in the garden is beneficial and so casting worms should be tolerated wherever possible. In most cases worm casts can be broken up and dispersed with a wire rake, using it with the teeth facing upwards and moving the rake from side to side over the lawn surface.

 

5. Prune apple and pear trees in winter, when the leaves are off the tree. Pruning an apple or pear tree can be daunting for many gardeners. Rather than be put off completely or panic and inadvertently harm the tree back by excessive pruning, remember to take your time and stay safe – if you need to go up a ladder, consider investing in a special fruit tripod ladder that will let you get nice and close to the branches (great for picking fruit too).

 

6. Fancy some rhubarb crumble? Start forcing your rhubarb! Rhubarb needs an open, sunny site with moist, but free-draining soil as it hates being waterlogged in winter. Avoid frost pockets as stems are susceptible to frost.

 

7. Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season. The principle of crop rotation is to grow specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of crop-specific pest and disease problems and it organises groups of crops according to their cultivation needs.

 

8. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds. By putting out additional food, gardeners can make a significant contribution to supporting wildlife over winter. It is also a great way to watch wildlife even in the smallest of gardens or balconies, often at very close quarters.

 

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5 Garden Ideas for 2020

Stuck for Garden Ideas? From stunning contemporary layouts to whimsical fairyland spaces – at STF, we’ve truly seen it all when it comes to gardens. Whilst providing our services all over the UK, it’s amazing to see how creative our customers can be when it comes to their outdoor spaces and, we’ve picked up a lot of ideas and inspiration over the years.

With Spring just around the corner (it seems so far away!), it’s worth considering now how you will want your garden to look when the time comes to take that cup of tea outside and enjoy some fresh air.

Take a look at our list of ideas to have the most stylish (and useful) garden in the forthcoming year:

  1. Consider your fence first. Of course we’d say that! But, often, when thinking about garden design and layout, it’s easy to forget what surrounds your space. Creating a garden and then adding in the fencing at the end of the project is like painting the walls of a room with furniture still inside. The walls of a room are traditionally done at the start of the project, with everything else coming after – it should be the same with outdoor area planning.
  2. A place to relax. Spaces to chill and seating areas can be a downtime haven during the warmer months. They’re also often a dominant feature that sets the tone for the area – decide what you’d like at the beginning and build your theme from there.
  3. Grow grow grow! Growing your own flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs doesn’t only make your garden look and smell amazing, it’s also beneficial to the environment. Growing organically with no pesticides or chemicals, whilst avoiding the trip to the supermarket for fresh produce will help to reduce your carbon footprint. Interested? Try these fabulous guides from The Royal Horticultural Society
  4. Planting for Wildlife. Staying with a positive environmental theme, in 2020 there will be an ever-growing emphasis to create sustainable and wildlife-friendly spaces, no matter what the garden size. Professionals from the Society of Garden Designers are becoming increasingly mindful that planting is evolving to use many more ‘wild’ plants such as single roses, species plants, seed heads, grasses and nectar rich plants – encouraging wildlife to flourish.
  5. Less is more. The ‘less is more’ philosophy is set to become a prominent garden design trend in 2020. Planting multiple grasses and simple perennials enhance the lightest of garden designs to ensure a pleasant, natural space that isn’t too ‘busy’.

We’re always happy to talk garden ideas, see before and after photos, and find out more about what our customers are developing. Got a new project? Get in touch to be featured in one of our up-coming blogs!