Looking for some advice for in the garden? We've pulled together some top tips. 

  • January
    1. Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
    2. Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
    3. Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
    4. Disperse worm casts in lawns
    5. Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or dying out
    6. Prune apple and pear trees
    7. Start forcing rhubarb
    8. Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
    9. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
    10. Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl.
  • February
    1. Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover.
    2. Chit potato tubers
    3. Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches
    4. Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off
    5. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
    6. Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’
    7. Prune Wisteria
    8. Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
    9. Prune conservatory climbers such as bougainvillea
    10. Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses
  • March
    1. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
    2. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
    3. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
    4. Top dress containers with fresh compost
    5. Feed all your plants with a balanced fertiliser to support new growth.
    6. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
    7. Weeds come back in to growth – deal with them before they get out of hand
    8. Start feeding fish – a little and often is best.
    9. Place mulch around new plants to prevent weeds, retain moisture and improve the soil.
    10. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
    11. Remember garden hygiene – regularly deadhead and clear up dead leaves etc
    12. Don’t let pots become too dry – keep them moist but not water logged.
  • April
    1. Keep weeds under control
    2. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
    3. Tie in climbing and rambling roses
    4. Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors
    5. Start to feed citrus plants
    6. Increase the water given to houseplants
    7. Feed hungry shrubs and roses
    8. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
    9. Prune fig trees
    10. Divide bamboos and waterlilies
  • May
    1. Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
    2. Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
    3. Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
    4. Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water where possible.
    5. Regularly hoe off weeds
    6. Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
    7. Mow lawns weekly
    8. Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
    9. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
    10. Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs
  • June
    1. Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
    2. Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected area
    3. Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes
    4. Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes
    5. Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
    6. Mow lawns at least once a week
    7. Plant out summer bedding
    8. Stake tall or floppy plants
    9. Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
    10. Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch
  • July
    1. Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt
    2. Care for houseplant while on holiday
    3. Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
    4. Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
    5. Pick courgettes before they become marrows
    6. Treat apple scab
    7. Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
    8. Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs
    9. Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
    10. Harvest apricots, peaches and nectarines
  • August
    1. Prune Wisteria
    2. Don’t delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms
    3. Deadhead flowering plants regularly
    4. Watering! Particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater
    5. Collect seed from garden plants
    6. Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready
    7. Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries
    8. Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners
    9. Keep ponds and water features topped up
    10. Feed the soil with green manures
  • September
    1. Divide herbaceous perennials
    2. Pick autumn raspberries
    3. Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals
    4. Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them
    5. Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway
    6. Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible
    7. Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering
    8. Clean out cold frames and greenhouses so that they are ready for use in autumn
    9. Cover leafy vegetable crops with bird-proof netting
    10. Plant spring flowering bulbs
  • October
    1. Divide established rhubarb crowns to create new plants
    2. Cut back perennials that have died down
    3. Divide Herbaceous perennials
    4. Move tender plants, including aquatic ones, into a greenhouse or conservatory
    5. Plant out spring cabbages
    6. Harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts
    7. Prune climbing roses
    8. Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year
    9. Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas
    10. Renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by lying turf
  • November
    1. Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds and beds
    2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging
    3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year
    4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock
    5. Plant out winter bedding
    6. Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem
    7. Insulate outdoor containers from frost – bubble wrap works well
    8. Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using grease bands around the trunks
    9. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden
    10. Use a seasonal bonfire – where this is allowed – to dispose of excess debris unfit for composting
  • December
    1. Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place.
    2. Check that greenhouse heaters are working
    3. Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
    4. Prune open-grown apples and pears (but not those trained against walls)
    5. Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
    6. Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbages, sprouts and remaining root crops
    7. Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
    8. Take hardwood cuttings
    9. Keep mice away from stored produce
    10. Reduce watering of houseplants