WITH the nights becoming noticeably lighter, you can fit in a
few more garden chores in preparation for spring.
permits spray young seedling weeds that are appearing through
the beds and borders, around paths and driveways. This will
reduce the risk of a sudden rush of weeds as the ground warms
towards the spring.
Get out there and give the lawn a trim -
you'll be amazed just how tidy it will look.
Reform lawn edges
now with a half moon tool and improve any curves by using a hose
pipe as a guide.
Powerwash hard surfaces such as the patio or
decking as this can become dangerously slippy at this time of
Preparations should be made now in the vegetable garden
for early sowings. Dig or rotovate the plots and throw the
ground up in rigs or beds as this will make planting and sowing
Hot sandy or gravel soils which cause concern in dry
summers often provide the most furnished areas in the garden
through the winter months, apart from the absence of flowers in
several months of the year. Perfect examples include Viburnums,
Laurels, Photinia, Rhododendrons, Conifers and Holly. These will
also provide a wind break and give a great structure to the
garden through the winter.
The garden's greatest enemy is wind
and this month often proves to be the stormiest. You cannot stop
the wind but it can be slowed down to create a micro climate in
your garden. Fences, walls and artificial screens will help stop
this up to a point, but the best way is with plants. Hedges are
excellent wind breaks and grow far more quickly than you might
imagine, especially if they are nursed with a temporary fence or
shelter screen while they develop.
Groups of trees and shrubs
also make great shelter devices and have the added advantage of
Plant up areas most affected densely at first,
but be prepared to thin out later.
The best time to plant
shelter trees and hedges is now, this will allow the young
plants to settle in before the summer.