Monthly Garden To Do List
February To Do List
Plant- Vegetables from transplants such as onion bulbs, asparagus crowns, broccoli plants, cabbage plants, and cauliflower plants.
Plant- Seeds for dill, lemon balm, mint parsley, rosemary, and summer savory.
Plant- Fruiting Plants such as berries, pecans, persimmons, apple and citrus trees; it’s still a good time to get them established.
Focus- on cool season color such as pansies and violas, snapdragons, and dianthus.
Plant- Spring flowering trees and shrubs such as redbuds, fringe trees, Mexican plums, azaleas and spirea. Now is a great time to plant.
Fertilize- Feed winter bloomers such as alyssum, dianthus, and pansies.
Pests– Apply a weed killer such as “Bonide” Weed Beater Complete.
Lawns– Best way to control early spring weeds: dig them by hand. Easiest way: MOW THEM. They will die out when it gets warm. We do not recommend “weed & feed” products. Keep fallen leaves raked up so lawn grasses can receive adequate sunlight. Stockpile leaves for mulch or add to compost bins throughout spring and summer.
Pruning – Crepe Myrtles need no pruning. If you must, you may shape gently now, but don’t commit Crepe Murder. Wait to prune spring flowering trees such as deciduous magnolias, Mexican plums, and redbuds until after they bloom.
Freezes– Keep an eye on the weather and stay informed on night time lows. Have frost cloth on hand for light frosts. Water plants thoroughly before a freeze to protect roots. If the temperature drops below 32 double wrap tender plants to ensure proper insulation. Avoid using plastic against foliage, but it can be used as the second exterior layer when covering plants. Remove plastic during the day.
TIP- Heavy duty clothespins or spare bricks can be used to secure and weigh down cloths.
Water– Well water before freeze hits but avoid overwatering.