Landgarten von Jutta und Michael Bongers am Niederrhein

Gardening in February

Due to the very mild and wet January, the planned work for February will be delayed somewhat. Due to the soft temperatures, early bulbs, such as snowdrops, crocuses, aconites, hepatica, early daffodils and scilla, have already been widely sprouted or partly in bloom. We have cut and cleared the area wherever these bulbs are placed so that they can develop well and are not covered by old leaves or shrubbery and threaten to rot.                                      Otherwise, the classic work in February is the introduction of matured manure – preferably from cows. This is followed by the application of a special (peat-free) universal mulch to the free borders’ areas. We have been using it now for 3 years and are very satisfied with the result. Covered areas (microclimate), protection against dehydration in summer, light fertilizer effect and introduction of organic material into the soil. In addition, it also looks good.

Our main work in February includes:


  • First lawn cut
  • Introducing sieved compost into the lawn
  • Spreading cow dung into the herbaceous beds
  • Mulching the border


With the beginning of growth, it is also important to keep a close eye on the voles. Suddenly there are holes in the ground between the crocuses and daffodils, which can quickly result in the disappearance of the above flower bulbs J.


The month of February is the month with many spring bloomers. In our garden these are:

  • Snowdrops
  • Crocuses
  • Aconites
  • Hepatica
  • spring roses
  • Winter Cherry
  • Winter Snowball










Sunday, February 16, 2020: promise of spring