Hedgehogs Outdoor Top Tips for a healthy garden all year round. Stick to the following tips as a general guide to keeping your garden looking its best whatever the month.

January

Protect all of the outdoor plants from frost using hessian or something similar.
Place feed out in feeders or on the bird tables for birds. Squirrel-proof feeders are the best.

February

Seed bed preparation and prune the evergreen hedges.

March

Prepare the mulch for the summer. Use prepared mulch for the beds (mulch helps retain moisture in the soil).
Cut back all the evergreen grasses (evergreens are plants that retain their leaves all year round, in contrast to deciduous plants which drop their leaves in the autumn and come back into leaf again in the spring. Evergreen grasses are perfect for adding year-round colour and interest to your garden).
Sow all of your early seeds indoors in order to propagate.

April

Deadhead the spring bulbs.
Plant your leaks & potatoes.

May

Sow early rhubarb.
Use the rainwater collected from your water butts throughout the year.

June

Thin out all of your heavy fruit crops.
Harvest your early potatoes and salad.
Pinch all of the side shoots on your lovely tomatoes.

July

Keep on top of the weeding and if there has been a lack of rainfall, keep on top of all your irrigation systems/watering.
Deadhead your plants to ensure continued flowering.

August

Harvest most vegetables including your sweetcorn.
Prune the wisteria (carefully).

September

Plant your spring flowering bulbs.
Dig up your final potatoes and store appropriately.

October

Keep on top of the weeding, it will can be very intense at this time of year, especially with rainfall and warm weather.
Harvest the squash and pumpkins in time for Halloween.
Tie all the climbers up and ensure they are safe from potential high winds.
Plant up trees and shrubs before the weather gets too cold. This can include grass seeding large areas or turfing.

November

Protect all of your plants from frosts.
Prune back certain trees in preparation for next year.
Leaf clearance at this time of year will be in abundance!

December

Prune back birch, vines and fruit trees.