February Garden Guide

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Lawn Care

1. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn.

We recommend Weed and Grass Stopper with Dimension.

2. You can overseed your lawn now with winter rye grass seed (or fill bare spots with this seed) at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq. ft. We have it in 10 to 50 lb. bags.

3. Fertilize your lawn when it begins actively growing. This is usually late February to mid March. We offer a large selection of lawn fertilizers, including our own special formula, and many organic blends that feed your lawn and soil. Come in and ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals to help you pick the best one for your lawn. All fertilizers require water to work. Plan on watering once you apply.

4. Eliminate broad leaf weeds with Image or Ortho Weed-B-Gon for Southern Lawns.

5. Lay new sod anytime.


Vegetable Seeds

Beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, collards, dill, lettuce, mustard, parsley, Swiss chard and turnips

Herbs & seed potatoes

Garden Guide: Updated – Vegetable Planting Dates

Vegetable Transplants

Tomatoes any time this month, peppers, squash and watermelon at the end of the month. Protect these from late freezes.

Read: Growing Fresh Food

Part One: Planning, choosing what to plant and where.

Flower Transplants

Petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, dusty miller, begonias, gerbera daisy, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, phlox and bluebonnets

Garden Guide: Spring/Summer Annual Planting Guide

All containerized, bare rooted, and ball in burlap hardy trees, shrubs, vines, fruit trees, fruiting vines, citrus (protect from freeze) and roses.

Garden Guide: Planting Trees, Shrubs & Groundcover

Alyssum, Petunia, Dusty Miller


    with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
    with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
    (3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags, organically with Citrus Tone, Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone
    with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone

Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer

Gill Lawn & Garden Fertilizer

All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Do not fertilize tropicals – they need to rest.


Only as needed – but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly. Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don’t get rain.
Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly!

Garden Guide: Good Water Practice for Established Trees, Shrubs & Lawns


Early spring bloomers such as azaleas, carolina jessamine, indian hawthorn, mountain laurel or redbud. Prune these after they bloom.

Fruit trees – peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape (do not prune citrus)
Hardy dormant trees – oak, mesquite, cedar elm, crape myrtle, Chinese tallow and soapberry – Do not top trees!
Perennials that have finished their bloom.
Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season.

Watch Out For

Scale Insects (c/o ncsu.edu)

Scale Insects (c/o ncsu.edu)

Found on hardy trees and shrubs.
To Treat: Spray with Neem Oil Spray or All Season Oil

This can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather. There are 2 major lawn fungus – Take All Patch and Brown Patch.
To Treat: Treat Take All Patch with Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide, organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost, or Peat Moss Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules, organically with Serenade, Actinovate, or Actino Iron.

Watch: Brown Patch Fungus

To Treat: Thuricide, Spinosad or Dipel Dust

When or if temperatures dip below freezing:

  • Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered.
  • Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants.
  • Cover tropicals and tender plants with sheets, blankets or plastic. (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching)
  • Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant.
  • Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching.

2 Comments on “February Garden Guide”

  1. Can we have some pointers as to how much to prune on everything that got frostbitten or maybe killed during a three-day winter? How long do we need to watch and wait for plants to come back? Or is this better addressed if we bring a long list of our casualties in to ask you?

  2. Starting a small garden to plant tomatoes, Basil, thyme & a variety of other herbs. What kind of soil should we begin with?
    Thank you.

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