· Sprinkle fertiliser around roses.
· Pick faded flowers from daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other spring bulbs.
· Sow sweet peas outdoors or harden off and plant out autumn-sown seedlings.
· Plant gladioli at fortnightly intervals to get a succession of flowers.
· Take cuttings from new shoots of herbaceous perennials like lupins and delphiniums.
· Prune winter-flowering jasmine.
· Dead head primulas, pansies and other winter-bedding plants.
· Sow annual grassed like hare’s tail, quaking grass, millet and sorghum.
· Grow onions and shallots from sets.
· Cover outdoor strawberries with cloches to encourage earlier flowering.
· Plant maincrop potatoes, asparagus crowns and Jerusalem artichokes.
· Be on the lookout for greenfly on the new shoots of fruit trees and bushes.
· Protect seedlings from slugs and snails using barriers like grit or copper.
· Tie in the new stems developing on raspberries and other cane fruits.
· Keep fleece or netting handy to protect crops from pigeons and pests.
· Order vegetable plants from mail order suppliers as soon as possible.
· Sow grass or lay turf.
· Dig dandelions and other weeds out of the lawn.
· Don’t disturb nesting birds.
· Treat fences and other timber structures with preservatives.
· Pressure wash paths and patios.
· Mulch along the bottom of hedges and around shrubs, roses and fruit.
· Remove suckers from around trees and shrubs.
· Watch out for early aphids and other pests.
· Take out pansies and other winter bedding plants.
· Make sure patio containers don’t dry out.
… to cut back spring flowering shrubs like flowering currant immediately after final flowers have faded. These hardy shrubs flower on wood produced the previous year, so cut back all stems that carried blooms to promote new growth, which will carry flowers next spring. Take this opportunity to cut back overgrown specimens and control their size;
… to keep mint, comfrey, lemon balm and other spreading herbs in check. Divide plants every 1-2 years, as otherwise they become invasive. Pot up divisions and give them as a spring gift to friends and family.