If you’re growing a tree or shrub in a large container, you should replenish the compost every year or two. The ideal time to do this is between February and May.
Doing so will improve the compost structure and provide a fresh supply of nutrients, which can be lost quickly in pots and containers.
If you want to grow more plants in pots and containers, but aren’t sure what to grow, have a look at our top 10 plants for containers. For our pick of the best composts, take a look at 10 of the best peat free composts.
If you’d like to help with making your own compost, check out our tests of the best compost bins, or watch Monty’s video guide.
Discover how to refresh compost in pots, below.
You Will Need
- Hand fork
- Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
- Gravel or pebbles
Gently loosen the compost from among the surface roots with a hand fork, working right out to the edge of the pot. Then remove as much old compost as possible.