As the second month of 2014 approaches, it is important to ensure that you are fully prepared to face the challenges your garden can bring, head on. Following on from our hot tips to get your gardening year off to a flying start with work that needs to be completed throughout January, comes our advice on how to maximise the potential of your garden design during February.
Your garden design may have looked somewhat dejected over the last couple of months, with the bleak weather and harsh elements impacting upon its appearance. However, throughout the month of February signs of life will begin to reappear within your garden, with Spring verging on the horizon, wildlife returning from hibernation, and temperatures beginning to rise once more.
As mentioned, February is the time when the wildlife begins to return from hibernation, and the constant search for food continues. Therefore it is important to ensure that your crops cannot be breached by the hungry animals which may nest within your garden design, before they even have the chance to feast on your crops. Should your crops grow against a fence, it is important to ensure that ties are used to make sure that hanging branches cannot come under threat. Commonly however, many protect their vegetables and crops by covering them in netting, which the wildlife find difficult to penetrate.
The return of spring brings with it a new lease of life, and breathes new life into your vegetable patch, as its importance begins to increase again. February is an ideal opportunity by which to ensure that your vegetable beds have been seeded correctly and should you have the luxury of a sheltered area, it is possible to begin sowing vegetables for the year.
Often the winter weather brings with it heavy rainfall, and this year has been no different, with many areas flooded and grass found waterlogged. However the damp conditions speed up the growth of your lawn, and trimming the long grass, when possible, is one of the simplest methods by which to improve the appearance of your garden design.
How has your gardening gone throughout January, have you stayed on top of your ‘to-do’ list, leaving you in good shape for the work that February holds? Perhaps you were unaware of what work there was to be done during the early months of the year, are you now planning on getting to work on your garden? Let us know through any of our social media channels!