What to do in the gar­den this week

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

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.

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