Top 6 Must Do’s for February

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What a gift! Spring looks to be here early.  Do these now and enjoy your beautiful landscape.

Check out our February Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Trim, Trim, Trim!

Prune your woody ornamental shrubs, perennials, fruit trees, tropical outdoor shrubs, and 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 contain unwanted insects.

2. Work On Your Soil

If you have existing flower beds, hedges, & trees, add a light layer of Nature’s Blend Compost around the plants and scratch into the soil with a hard-soil rake.

With new planting beds clear them of weeds, break & turn the soil and add Cotton Burr Compost. Turn or till in. Follow our planting guide as you begin adding plants.

3. Plant, Plant, Plant!

Trees & shrubs are the bones of a good landscape. Dependable plants like Indian Hawthorns, Live Oak trees & Boxwoods are mainstays. Also check out Pineapple Guava, Dwarf Bottlebrush, Wild Olive trees. Do you want low water use, pollinator plants, tropical color? Come talk with us.

4. Start Your Veggies & Herbs

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

5. Feed Your Citrus Trees

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

6. Help Your Lawn

Use Nature’s Blend on your lawn to help control the dreaded Take All Root Rot. 

Use Bonide Weed & Crabgrass Control or Bonide Complete to prevent weed seeds from sprouting.

Check out our February Garden Guide for more tips!

-Debbie

3 Comments on “Top 6 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

  2. Be sure to plant Dill near plants that are bothered by aphids. Dill is a host plant for Ladybugs. They will be happy to eat your aphids. no chemical intervention necessary.

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