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 or Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery.

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.

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.

5. Lay new sod anytime.


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.

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, 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 Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone

    with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone

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, 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)

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, or Actinovate.

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.

We carry frost blankets!

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