February To Do’s
- 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.
- Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn. We recommend 2 pre-emergents: Amaze and Weed and Grass Stopper with Dimension.
- You can overseed your lawn now with winter rye grass seed (or fill bare spots with this seed) at the rate of 1Lb. per 100 sq. ft. We have it in 10 to 50 Lb bags.
- 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
- Eliminate broad leaf weeds with Image or Ortho Weed-B-Gon for southern lawns.
- Lay new sod anytime.
- Vegetable seeds – beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, collards, dill, lettuce, mustard, parsley, Swiss chard and turnips
- Vegetable Transplants –tomatoes any time this month, peppers, squash and watermelon at the end of the month. Protect these from late freezes
- Flower Transplants – petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, dusty miller, begonias, gerbera daisy, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, phlox and bluebonnets
- All containerized, bare rooted, and ball in burlap hardy trees, shrubs, vines, fruit trees, fruiting vines, citrus (protect from freeze) and roses
- Herbs & seed potatoes
- Annuals and perennials 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
- Established roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
- Established citrus trees (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
- Cool weather vegetables with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
- Do not fertilize tropicals they need to rest.
- All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
- Do not prune 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 on hardy trees and shrubs. Spray with Neem Oil spray or All Season Oil
- Lawn fungus – 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
- 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.
- Leaf chewing worms & insects – treat with 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.