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Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm
Forest Lodge Garden Centre for great value and garden inspiration


  • Finish pruning fruit trees and apply a winter wash such as Vitax Winter Tree Wash to kill off last year’s pests and diseases.
  • Prune summer and winter flowering shrubs. A good quality pair of pruners will give the cleanest cut to protect your plants.
  • Check the condition of greenhouses. Repair, tidy and sterilise with Jeyes Fluid if you experienced problems with fungal infections or pests last season.
  • Check stakes and ties on all trees and fruit. Loosen, repair or replace ties and stakes as needed and tie in new stems where required.
  • Dig up and store any remaining root crops still in the ground.
  • Use a fork or a hollow tine aerator to spike lawns. This aids drainage, particularly in areas where water lies or moss often occurs.
  • Don’t forget the birds; this can be a very tough time for them to find sufficient food and water. Peanuts and suet products are the most high-energy food sources so are particularly suitable when temperatures are very low.
  • Start to sow vegetable plants under glass/cover and begin to prepare seedbeds for sowing directly in to the soil.
  • It's time to start ‘chitting’ seed potatoes by standing them on end in a seed tray or egg box with the eyes pointing up. Place the tray in a cool, bright but frost free room to let the new shoots develop ready to plant outdoors in drills or containers when the soil warms up.
  • Prune wisteria if its mild, cutting side shoots back to four buds from the main stem.
Forest Lodge Garden Centre is part of the Haskins family business, which includes Birdworld and Garden Style