Your Garden

Things you could or should be doing in your garden ...

February 2014

All Month
  • Spray trees and shrubs with dormant oil to kill over-wintering insects and diseases
  • Now that all leaves are off your trees, look at its structure and determine which limbs need to be removed; tie flagging tape around candidates and then step back and observe again before pruning
  • Be sure and use the right tools when you prune – electric hedge trimmers and chain saws are not always the best choices
Week One
  • Prune fruit trees, especially apple and pear trees in the home orchard  
  • Carefully watch holiday plants (Amaryllis, Cyclamen, Christmas Cactus, Poinsettias) for dryness; water thoroughly with a diluted liquid fertilizer (half-strength) and keep in bright light
  • Now is a great time to do a soil test if you have not done one in several years; this will let you know if you need to apply lime before your fertilizer applications begin in spring
Week Two
  • Till your vegetable garden when the ground can be worked; do not till when soil is wet; add organic matter and lime if needed
  • Spot spray broadleaf weeds in dormant season lawns
  • Plant bare root or container roses in well-drained soil
Week Three
  • Sow snap peas, English peas or sweet peas in the garden
  • Watch for camellias opening during warm spells; cut blossoms and bring inside if frost threatens
  • Fertilize pansy plantings with a diluted liquid feed fertilizer (fish emulsion is great)
Week Four
  • Time to cut back monkey grass (Liriope sp.); easiest way is to set the mower on its highest setting and cut across the tops (make sure you use a sharp blade)
  • Prune back butterfly bush by at least one-half its size; more overgrown specimens may be cut back to 12 inches tall
  • Prune evergreen shrubs (holly, wax myrtle, nandina, etc.) before new growth begins



Plan Ahead: