Lawn Care
  • Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn.  We recommend 2 pre-emergents:  Amaze and Weed & 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 1 lb. per 100 sq.ft.  We have it in 10 to 50 lb. bags.
  • Do not think about fertilizing until your lawn begins actively growing.  Generally this is around early March.
Plant
  • Vegetable Seeds – beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, collards, lettuce, mustard, radish, spinach and turnips.  Start pepper and tomato seeds indoors to transplant into garden later.
  • Vegetable Transplants – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion sets, seed potatoes, and spinach.  Tomato transplants can be nurtured in pots now and set in the garden in February.
  • Flower Seeds – petunias, alyssum, carnations, larkspur, nasturtium, poppy, dusty miller, stock, calendulas and bluebonnets
  • Flower Transplant – pansies, petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, and violets
  • All containerized, bare rooted, and ball in burlap hardy trees, shrubs, vines, fruit trees (not citrus) and roses
Fertilize
  • Established citrus trees (3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. Bags, organically with Medina Growin Green, Ladybug Lawn and Garden, Citrus Tone or Hasta Gro
  • Cool weather vegetables with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growing Green, Ladybug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone
  • Cold weather annuals with water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, organically with Medina Growing Green, Ladybug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • Do not fertilize tropicals they need to rest.
Prune

 

  • Fruit trees – peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape (do not prune citrus)
  • Hardy dormant trees – oak, mesquite, cedar elm, crape myrtle, Chinese tallow, soapberry Do not top trees
  • Perennials that have finished their bloom
  • Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season.
Water
  • 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.
Watch Out For
  • Scale insects on hardy trees and shrubs.  Spray with Neem Oil or Dormant Oil spray
  • 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 F-Stop Fungus Granules, organically with Serenade or Actinovate.
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 frost blankets (which we sell), sheets, household 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.

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