1Winter prune apples and pears
Prune apple and pear trees – at least get rid of any branch that’s dead, damaged, diseased or rubbing on another one. Then spray your trees with winter wash or home-made garlic spray, which will kill insect eggs.
2Plant lilies in pots
Plant lily bulbs in pots and in borders during mild spells. Mulch borders with leaf mould, compost, well-rotted manure, or even old grow bags, at least two inches thick.
3Smarten up hellebores
Cut off old leaves of hellebores that produce flowers from ground level so you can see them. Watch out for hellebore leaf spot.
4Cut back battered grasses
Start cutting back grasses that have been left for winter structure if the winds have battered them down.
5Plant the big stuff (if it’s not waterlogged or frozen)
Plant bare-root deciduous hedging, trees and roses, staking before planting, so you don’t damage the rootball.