What to do in the garden this week
Water trees, shrubs and climbers in containers if the weather is dry or windy, especially evergreens.
Prick out or pot up pelargonium seedlings that have grown from seeds sown last month.
Apply a top dressing of gravel or chippings to the rockery to suppress weeds and ensure alpines don’t become waterlogged.
Bring strawberries in containers into the greenhouse for early fruit.
Prune half-hardy fuchsias being kept under cover as soon as the pink ‘eyes’, or embryo shoots, appear.
Sow seeds of tomatoes for growing in a cool greenhouse.
Clip faded flowers on winter-flowering heathers.
Cut back deciduous ceanothus, buddleias, lavatera and caryopteris quite drastically.
Prune later-flowering shrubs now if you want to reduce their size. Lift and divide overcrowded winter aconites. Dig out persistent lawn weeds such as dandelions with a daisy grubber or sharp transplanting trowel.