February

General Tasks

  • Treat moss on established lawns
  • Prepare bald patches for sowing
  • Mow if weather permits
  • Disperse worm casts


Taking care of the Lawn in February

Leaves and general debris must never be allowed to accumulate on the surface of the lawn during the winter as it can smother or weaken the grass causing it to go yellow.

RHS Hyde Hall - Winter Garden

In mild districts worms can become active by the end of the month. Any casts should be swept away as soon as they appear to keep weeds down and prevent them being trodden into the lawn. Worms are a great help with drainage, so they should not be considered at pests.

Treat moss filled lawns with a proprietary moss killer, if the weather is settled, first raking up the worst patches with a lawn rake.

If you need to re-turf or sow bald patches, weed and fork them over first to break up the soil.

Scarify old lawns that have become thatchy, with a spring-tooth rake, to removing the dead or decaying vegetation at the base. Rake first in one direction and then at right angles.


In mild areas some lawns may need an occasional light mowing, to keep them neat and to prevent deterioration. However, the mower blades should be set to at least 4 cm (1.5 in) high, with the lawn just being 'topped' to keep it tidy and prevent the grass getting too long and matted.

Broken lawn edges can be repaired using a sharp spade or a half-moon edging-iron to cut the turf so that the broken edge can be turned into the lawn and a fresh, new edge left at the outside. Use sieved soil to fill up the hole where the turf was broken.

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Bulbs for February

Snowdrops are always a welcome sight in early winter:

Snowdrops (Galanthus)

Snowdrops (Galanthus)

Other bulbs at their best if the weather is mild include the blue Iris histrioides major and the yellow I. danfordiae which bloom just above the soil, and the hardy Iris unguicularis.

Iris unguicularis, white

Iris unguicularis

Several squills also open this month, including Scilla tubergeniana (white) and S. bifolia (blue).

Squill bifolia (blue)

Squill bifolia (blue)

Many varieties of crocuses will be in flower.

crocuses

Crocus

Erythronium (dog's tooth violet)

Erythronium (dog's tooth violet)

Other bulbous plants that may flower this month include: Anemone blanda, Cyclamen coum, Eranthis (winter aconite), Erythronium (dog's tooth violet). Species Narcissus and Leucojum vernum (snowflake).