February and March in the Garden
With the extremely hot days we are having, regular watering is important for a healthy garden, the BEST time for this is before sunrise and after sunset, if you don’t have automatic irrigation, we suggest to avoid watering in the heat of the day.
- February/March is the perfect time for sowing winter seedlings – beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, leeks, cabbages, cauli, silverbeet plus winter lettuces
- Dig up/dry out and bag up potatoes (store in a dark place), garlic and onions
- Keep harvesting tomatoes and remove any diseased fruit
- Harvest apples, pears, plums and peaches. Tip – Keep watered to encourage larger fruit
- Maintain a regular fruit tree spray programme
- Apply citrus fertiliser to Lemons, Grapefruit, Mandarins and water in
- Remove water shoots from grape vines and protect fruit from birds
- Prepare gardens for winter planting, dig in compost/pea straw
- March – Prune raspberry canes – remove dead canes and tie up the new ones, the fruit always appears on the 1 year old canes
- When planting bulbs use good compost soil and bulb fertiliser to encourage healthy looking flowers in spring and summer
- Start planting bulbs like anemones and rannuculus – you can even start planting daffodil bulbs from late February
- Planting bulbs in Wine Barrels are a colourful idea for Spring
- Perfect conditions for sowing your new lawn from now on just remember to water daily to ensure a good grass strike
- Grass Grubs? Deal to these with Diazanon
- Fertilise lawns to keep green
- Any potted plants – indoor/outdoor fertilise for autumn flush of growth
- Fertilise camellias, rhodos, azaleas, Daphne, buxus hedging to encourage good root growth
- Prune fruit trees once fruit is harvested, and seal cuts with Bacseal Pruning Paint
- Trim hedges/topiary to allow new growth to harden off before winter – Wait for an overcast day or prune early or later in the day
- Now is the time to prune Pittosporum, Wisteria, smoke bushes (Cotinus family) or Maples. Prune on a cool or overcast day. Tip – Never prune these in winter.
- If you are needing help with advice on what to plant where, please give our landscape architect a call to arrange a time for landscaping advice or a design.