2 - 01 - 2010
Believe it or not, February is in my opinion the most important month in the garden. You are probably asking yourself how could that be - it is so cold outside? Timing is so critical with so many garden chores - get the timing right and the results will be optimal - miss the timing on certain chores and the outcome can really be dismal. Pruning is probably the most important chore to be done between the middle of February and early March. I always tell my gardening buddies and garden clubs - mark your calendar on Valentine's Day with the following garden tasks...if you do them you will be rewarded for months and your plants will be happy campers.
Top Things to do in February
- Prune to keep your plants tight but still natural - avoid hedges and the lollipop look - see my blog in March for examples of what not to do!
- Prune evergreens - Hollies, Yew, Yaupon, Boxwood, Laurel
- Prune roses - shrub roses should be severely pruned - but climbing roses should be pruned just to be kept in the space you want them in.
- Apply systemic food and herbicide to bases of roses.
- Secure climbing rose canes - they will thrive when kept upright (I use copper plumbing tubing).
- Apply Ironite to cool season grasses - they will be emerald green in March.
- Prune deciduous trees - this is a great time to see the bones of the tree...get suckers and limbs interfering with other limbs out of there.
- Cut back ornamental grasses - liriope, mondo, and the taller varieties like pampas and fountain grass. Cutting these back in March means cutting back fresh spring growth.
- Begin cutting back perennials - finalize this in early March.
- Begin garden cleanup in flower beds.
- Apply a dose of food to pansies and spring flowering perennials like candy tuft, dianthus, and creeping phlox - they will really benefit after the winter months.
- Order bare root roses from rose sources like Antique Rose Emporium, David Austin Roses, and Heirloom Roses
- Look at your garden design - next month is a great time to tweak or modify it.
- Clean your garden tools.
- Enjoy the hint of warmer days to come.
Best of the Season
Crocus and Daffodils
Forsythia - un-pruned and naturalized the way it should be
Happy Gardening -
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