Top 5 Must Do’s for February

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There’re always things to do in gardening. Still there are the “best times to…” in order to have garden success.

Here’s our top 5 for February:

1. Apply Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to our lawn. We recommend Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension or Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery. This will not kill existing weeds, you will do that early next month.

2. Prune Some, Wait for Others

Prune your woody ornamental shrubs, perennials, fruit trees, tropical outdoor shrubs, dormant trees. No fertilizing yet. DO NOT prune early blooming shrubs like hawthorns, azaleas, mountain laurels, and Carolina jessamine. Prune these AFTER the bloom. Clean up around plants in flower beds, pull weeds and throw out debris that may have unwanted overwintering insects.

3. Fertilize Citrus Trees

We like Citrus Tone by Espoma. Citrus trees and fruit trees will produce more fruit if planted in the ground.

4. Plant Spring Veggies and Herbs

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, beans, along with Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, basil can be started by seed or transplant.

5. Protect Trees and Shrubs with No-Chemical Oil Sprays

Apply All Seasons Oil Spray or Neem Oil Spray to control scale insects on hardy trees and shrubs while temperatures are still cool. The oil sprays are safe even for citrus and other fruit bearing plants. It suffocates the insect, no chemicals.

Check out our February Garden Guide for more tips!

-Debbie

4 Comments on “Top 5 Must Do’s for February”

  1. My Meyer lemon is in a pot. If it is planted in the ground, what concerns are there about freezing ?

    1. It tolerates more cold in the ground, as the roots are protected. If you are in southside Corpus Christi, the north wind blowing across the bay moderates the temperature, e.g. it gets colder in Portland than in Pharoah Valley. Chances of losing it to a freeze are slight, and if the oddball hard freeze event arises (28 or below), there are ways to minimize damage

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