- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.