Gardening jobs for the week ahead

It looks dry this weekend and with plenty to do in the garden it's a good opportunity to crack on with a few jobs...

Now is a good time to prune your penstemons.
Now is a good time to prune your penstemons.

Move evergreen shrubs and trees now, provided the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged.

Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser, by lightly forking it into the soil surface.

Check tree ties to make sure they’re not cutting into the trunk. Loosen any that are very tight.

Lift and divide perennial plants to improve vigour and create new plants for your garden.

Divide hostas before they come into leaf.

Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea plants, to encourage bushy plants this summer.

Prune penstemons (pictured) – cut back all the old shoots to the base, provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there are no new shoots at the base, cut just above the lowest set of leaves.