It is tree and shrub planting time so get cracking when the soil is damp but workable with a fork. Click here to ‘How to Plant a Tree’
Any plants grown in containers can now be top dressed with granular fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 or Blood, Fish and Bone which can be forked lightly into the surface or simply well watered in. You may also want to top dress shrubs and trees planted in the previous Spring to give them a good start into growth.
If your Cordyline (Cabbage Palm) has suffered in the Winter and its crown appears brown and dead (even if there are still green leaves below) it will soon die. To save it you need to take drastic action and cut off the top. New vigorous shoots will appear from the base of the plants or perhaps up the stem as well.
Hard Pruning – prune back hard any fast growing plants from last season. Lavatera, Abutilon and Fuchsias will benefit most from this treatment and flower far better in time from the vigorous new growth.
The ornamental colour stemmed Bamboos – Phyllostachys ‘Aureocaulis’ and Phyllostachys nigra look better if any weak canes are removed from the base and if the stronger mature canes have any side growth removed up to about 6ft.