This is the beginning of the gardening year, and heralds a busy period
for gardeners. However, don’t be overeager: keep off lawns, beds, and
borders if they are frozen or wet, as walking on them risks compacting
the soil. And don’t attempt to dig until the weather improves.
- Start weeding: pull small seedlings by hand but dig out the roots of
perennials such as dandelions, or use a glyphosate weedkiller.
- Prepare the soil for planting by forking it over and digging in
- Sow seeds of half-hardy and tender bedding plants indoors in a
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs, hardy perennials, and ornamental
- Plant bare-rooted shrubs and garden trees.
- Prune bush roses.
- Prune deciduous shrubs and climbers that flower later in the summer,
such as buddleja, jasmine, lavateras, and certain varieties of clematis.
- Prune hardy evergreen shrubs and trees.
- Lift and divide oversized clumps of perennials; discard dead or
unproductive sections in the middle of the clump.
- Prepare soil for planting in fair weather.
- Rake the lawn, removing leaves and other debris, and brush off worm
castings if you need to mow.
- Repot or top-dress shrubs, climbers, and alpines growing in pots and containers.