Jobs for the week

A robin at a snowy bird feeder in winter.  PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

A robin at a snowy bird feeder in winter. PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

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Protect winter-flowering bulbous irises in the garden from severe cold or damp.

Brush snow off the branches off shrubs to avoid the branches snapping under the weight.

Start forcing pots of lily bulbs for Easter and early summer flowering.

Give perennial vegetables such as asparagus and artichoke a dressing of general fertiliser, which will have time to wash down to their roots, ready for the new growing season.

Sow an early crop of salad onions, such as ‘White Lisbon’, in a greenhouse border.

Apply a winter wash over your fruit trees and bushes to stop overwintering pests in their tracks.

Continue to plant bare-root trees while they are dormant, if weather permits and the ground is soft enough.

Renew compost in permanent pots by scraping off the top couple of inches and replacing it with fresh compost.

Move containers to a sheltered spot during freezing weather.

Trim down agapanthus stalks and wilted leaves at the base while they are dormant.

If any of your variegated shrubs show plain green shoots, cut them off a the base or they will quickly outgrow the variegated leaves.