February is a busy time in the garden! We realize those “clicking in” love your garden and we hope these tips are helpful!
Besides pruning, here are some other highlights for the month.
Trees and Shrubs
- Do not remove evergreens that have browned out due to the winter temperatures. Most likely the cold temporarily tarnished the leaves. Wait until at least Mother’s Day to make your judgment call. For assurance, use your finger nail to scratch a bit of the bark away. If it’s green underneath, it’s alive. If it’s brown, it’s dead.
- Keep watering if there is no rain. Water shrubs in your landscape throughout the winter if the soil is dry. Evergreen plants transpire water from their leaves whenever the air temperature is above 40 degrees F.
- Prune fruit trees and if necessary, shade trees.
- Spray fruit trees, roses and other threes and shrubs with Bonide All Seasons Oil. Read directions before applying as it should only be applied if the temperature is above freezing. Oil sprays are recommended if your plants had a problem the previous year with scales, spider mites and other pests.
- Work your garden for early spring veggies as soon as possible. Make sure to do a pH test. Apply Mag-i-cal if your soil test indicates a need.
- Continue feeding birds in your garden. Natural food sources are very scarce at this time of year. Water is also important for birds, so if you have a birdbath in your garden, be sure to use a de-icer to prevent the water from freezing.
- Turn your compost pile once this month. You can also start new piles from fallen leaves any time.
- Start seeds indoors. Inexpensive fluorescent “shop lights” work well if you don’t have a sunny window. Keep light very close to the tops of seedlings, and move the lights up as the plants grow. Seeds to start now: Broccoli, Cabbage, Bok Choi, Lettuces and cool season flowers like Calendulas, Forget-Me-Not and Phlox. Wait to start warm season seeds indoors until early March. Plan your vegetable crop rotation now for the coming season.
- Give houseplants lots of TLC, since the end of winter is their toughest time. Remove leggy growth (which you can root), pinch them back, and remove dead branches, leaves, and flowers.
- Clean up debris, pine cones, fallen limbs, etc. from your lawn and garden. You’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel and how much brighter your yard will look!