Julien de Bosdari of Ashridge Trees presents some Monthly Advice for February Jobs in the Garden
FEBRUARY IN YOUR GARDEN
This is a tip that will be repeated several times here and next month. The best months for planting most bareroot hedging, if you did not get it in in November are February and March. Spring kicks the plants into growth and they do not spend too long in cold wet soil.
As in January, beware snow. It is heavy, as anyone caught in an avalanche can tell you. It weighs down and can snap young branches, especially if they are coming into bud and leaf towards the end of the month, so sweep any snow off your young hedges as soon as you can.
Older hedges that have overgrown or been neglected can be tackled now. Deciduous hedges and broadleaved evergreens like Laurel can be pruned hard and into shape ready for a growth spurt in spring. Yew can also be pruned back hard, even into old wood, and will recover. For these hedges (Beech, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Privet, Yew and the like) you can follow our instructions on pruning an overgrown hedge. However any other conifer (like Leyland cypresses) need to be regularly and lightly trimmed. A severe haircut on these plants will result in bald patches for ever, and ever, and ever…
If any conifer branches have become bent down or misshapen over winter, the best thing is not to cut them off which will leave a gap but to tie them back up again. Use plastic coated wire to attach the drooping branch to the trunk of the tree to restore the balance. Pad where the wire encircles the trunk using an old rag to protect the tree.
Keep any newly planted conifer hedges protected from the drying and defoliating effects of cold winds using polythene or hessian barriers set against the prevailing wind.
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