Key Gardening Tasks for February and March


Nelson Potter's gardening jobs for March & April

As we begin to move out of winter, the months of February and March are key times for getting some of the groundwork done to ensure that your garden will look at its best come the summer.

Nelson Potter, who supply high-quality garden buildings and timber products to customers in Ipswich and throughout Suffolk, look at some of the key tasks that gardeners should be getting on with.


Cut Back Your Bigger Plants

It may be too early to cut back some of your smaller winter-flowering plants. However, hedges and shrubs can still be cut back or renovated. Similarly,  it is also the perfect time to cut back any dead or long winter grasses, as well as summer flowering climbers like wisteria and clematis. This will help keep your garden looking neat and tidy, even if it is still some way from being in full bloom.


Guarding Against Wildlife

Sadly, just as plants begin to come back to life after winter, so too do animals – some of whom can damage your precious plants.

Vegetables and fruits, either leftover winter produce or freshly-sown seeds, should be protected by covering them with netting or shelters.

We offer a range of wire fencing and netting to customers in Felixstowe, Ipswich and across Suffolk that will protect your precious flowers and fruit and vegetable plots from any unwanted invaders, particularly rabbits.


What Can You Plant?

As we move into March, dependent on the weather, you may be able to plant some early potatoes, carrots, parsnips, shallots or onions. Some of these vegetables may also benefit from being propagated undercover first.

Although you may not be able to plant them out right now, you will be able to plan ahead by building some raised beds ready for later in the season. These self-contained plots will allow the soil to warm up faster and drain water more quickly, which is ideal for dealing with the clay soils which are common in East Anglia.

At Nelson Potter we can help you to build your raised beds with our high-quality gravel boards and sleepers.


Think Garden Furniture

Now is the time to start thinking about replacing or installing new fencing, or buying that garden shed or gate you promised yourself.

If you’re not sure what to buy or where to put it, talk to us at Nelson Potter about your needs so that you can make plans and the purchases for the months ahead.


Garden Buildings and Timber Products from Nelson Potter

At Nelson Potter we have a wide range of timber products and garden buildings that you can order from our depots in Ipswich and Bromeswell. Whether you want decking, a new shed, a summerhouse, fencing or any other garden supplies, you are sure to find what you need.

Although our sales yards are currently closed due to COVID-19 guidelines, we continue to offer an online and telephone ordering service (not click and collect at the moment). You can call either of our yards on 01394 460199 or 01473 311905, or visit the products section of our website at

Please bear with us as we are very busy at the moment. For this reason, it is taking about two days to process all orders. Despite this, most orders are being delivered within six days after they have been placed.

As a result of the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines, all of our deliveries will be kerbside and non-contact.

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