February Gardening Calendar
Trees and Shrubs can be planted now. This is the best time to plant Nut Trees, Fruit Trees, and Shade Trees. Applying SuperThrive instead of a root stimulator will get your newly planted trees and shrubs established much faster. Prune Apple and Pear trees the first week in February, wait until mid-March for Peach trees. Remove stakes, trunk wraps, and guy wires from trees planted last fall. Prune back ¼ of the branches on Figs. Save the horizontal branches, they are the branches that produce fruit. Is your Burford Holly overgrown? Now is a good time to severely prune back. Burford Hollies can be prune back to 12 to 18 inches. Butterfly bushes can be pruned back by ½ the original height. You will be rewarded with bigger blooms this summer. Butterfly Bush image right. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
Perennials trim back all the brown, and if necessary, this month is a good time to divide all perennials. Gerber Daisy image left. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
Roses Prune back rose bushes to about 18 to 24 inches. The best time to prune is between February 12 – 20th. For more information on roses and rose care. Rose image right. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
Lawns apply a pre-emergent to your lawn to prevent dormant weed seeds from germinating during the growing season. Most pre-emergents last about 3 to 4 months.
Vegetables cool season veggies like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, asparagus, elephant garlic, garlic, snow peas, and strawberries can still be planted. To get a head start on your spring garden start thinking about starting your spring vegetable garden from seeds now. Organically grown Lettuce image left. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012. Organically grown Tomatoes image right. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
Ornamental Grasses can be pruned back to 12 inches. Liriope that is looking a little be draggled can be trimmed back, too. Pampas Grass image left. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
Houseplants water with a houseplant fertilizer and turn your plants a ½ turn every week. Bamboo Palm image right. ©Cheryl Ann Meola 2012.
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