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 Bonide Weed & Crabgrass Preventer or Weed Beater Complete.

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 5 to 10 lb. bags. Just remember you cannot use a pre-emergent when planting seed.

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 once our temperatures warm to the 70’s.

Control growing weeds naturally with Horticultural Vinegar treating only the weeds. It will burn all plant foliage.

5. Lay new sod anytime.


Plant

Vegetable Seeds

Beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, collards, dill, lettuce, mustard, parsley, Swiss chard and turnips Herbs, onions, & 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. We carry frost blankets!

Read: Growing Fresh Food

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

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

Indoor Plants

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Give your indoor plants an inspection for insects. Most common are mealybugs, spider mites (not a spider), and scale.

  • White cottony stuff on the backs and crevices of the foliage: mealy bugs.
  • Spotted leaves with a sandpaper feel & tiny red specs: spider mites.
  • Black mold on foliage with waxy bumps on leaves: scale

All of these can be controlled naturally with Neem Oil or Spinosad with Soap. It’s a good idea to spray/treat your plants outdoors then bring them back in once they’re dry.

Fertilize your indoor plants with organic Hasta Gro liquid.

Give plants a gentle wash either outdoors or in the tub or sink to remove dust

Repot anytime with good potting mix like Premium Potting Soil by Back To Nature

Invest in a moisture meter to help with watering decisions.


Fertilize

  • ANNUALS & PERENNIALS
    Fertilize organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules.

  • ESTABLISHED ROSES
    Fertilize organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone, or conventionally with Bayer Rose & Flower Care.

  • ESTABLISHED CITRUS TREES
    (3 years or older) Fertilize organically with Citrus Tone, Medina Growin Green Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags.

  • COOL WEATHER VEGETABLES
    Fertilize organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with ammonium sulfate.

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


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!

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


Prune

DON’T PRUNE:
Early spring bloomers such as azaleas, Carolina jessamine, Indian hawthorn, Mountain laurel or Redbud. Prune these after they bloom.

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

Read: Looking Sharp For Spring: How to Sharpen Your Tools


Watch Out For

Scale Insects (c/o ncsu.edu)

Scale Insects (c/o ncsu.edu)

SCALE INSECTS
Found on hardy trees and shrubs.

To Treat: 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.

To Treat: Treat Take All Patch organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost or Peat Moss, conventionally with Scotts Disease EX Lawn Fungicide or Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide.

Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules.

Watch: Brown Patch Fungus

LEAF CHEWING WORMS & INSECTS
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.

We carry frost blankets!

5 Comments on “February Garden Guide”

  1. Still read your garden news, always! Pictures are great!
    Now living in Wimberley-its lovely.Come visit.
    Hope your all doing good!
    Jessica

    1. I could not access the facebook article. I have been in this business over 40 years and read 3 to 5 trade journals every month. I do rarely come across an article where a worker has contracted an illness from a peat-based potting mix, so it is not unknown, but it is not common enough that I have any concern for myself, my family, or my co-workers. I just seeded 2 flats of peat-based seed starting mix with wolfberry, this afternoon. I have much more risk to be hurt or killed in just one trip driving to work than the hundreds of pottings I have done. But if you have concern, a well-fitted respirator would prevent legionairres disease, and gloves would protect cut or abraded hands from clostridium.

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