In February we can begin to see signs of spring in the garden. Snowdrops may start growing in sheltered spots and daffodils and crocuses may be beginning to poke their heads through the soil. The garden often looks very drab at this time of the year so now is a good time to wrap up warm and venture out to do a bit of tidying.

The first task is usually sweeping up any leaves that have gathered in some areas and either composting them to make mulch or taking them to the nearest recycling centre if there are too many to compost.

Many garden plants die back in winter so now is a good time to cut back plants taking care not to cut back any hydrangeas as the new buds for this year’s flowers will already be growing. It is also the best time to divide any plants that have become too large and possibly give the unwanted parts to friends and neighbours. Pots and planters can be cleared of old plants and the soil can be enriched with a good quality compost.

It is too early to mow lawns yet, but lawn treatments can be used, and lawns can be scarified in readiness for the spring.