So its late February, the rains still drizzling but that’s not going to stop us keen gardeners getting out there and sorting out our gardens ready for the sun to come out.

There’s loads you can do before spring really hits, here’s what I think are the most important.

Roses

The earlier you prune your roses the harder you can cut them back. If you cut them back now you can really tidy them up, allowing room for lots of growth through the season. If you leave it too late you won’t give them enough time to recover before they flower.

Ramblers and Climbers

Start cutting back now so you can tie them up and lead them where you want them to grow. I find that the harder you prune them back the better they will flower, but like the roses, the earlier you do it the harder you can cut them back and the better they will grow. If your not sure about pruning, come and have a look at our climbers in the courtyard and someone will be happy to answer your questions.

Another thing to do is put bone-meal around the bottom along with manure to keep the moisture in, keep the weeds down and give them nutrition.

Herbaceous beds

Start mulching your shrub beds now to stop the weeds growing, keep the moisture in and allow your herbaceous plants to grow up through.

Winter flowering plants

Prune back your winter colour plants such as Cornus, Alba and Willow. Cut around half the colour back, so you’ve still got some looking great this year but the rest will grow back looking amazing next year. Keep doing this in rotation so you’ve always got some flowers with lovely colour.

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren has lived and loved horticulture and agriculture all his life; he had his first greenhouse at the age of 10 and his first cow when he was 16. He started landscaping in 1984 mainly in Milton Keynes and then all over the country. He moved to Daventry Road Farmhouse in 1987 and has developed Bell Plantation Garden Centre in Towcester, Northants over the last 30 years.

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