HELL-O FEBRUARY, GOOD-BYE JANUARY – ONLY ONE MONTH FROM SPRING!!
I am getting excited about spring. As of this writing, spring is only 48 days away. Our daylight is getting longer. February is the last full month of winter. For some of us gardeners, we view February as the GATEWAY MONTH to spring.
Sure, we are still in winter and we will have some cold, wintry days and maybe some more snow days. But, on nice days there are plenty of outdoor chores that need to be done this month. And, it is these nice days that allow us to escape from being cooped up in our house and get outside and enjoy our gardens, fresh air, and sunshine.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW THOUGHTS AND TIPS FOR FEBRUARY
- GET YOUR SOIL TESTED: I can’t stress enough the value of a soil test and the valuable information that it provides us about the soil. We sell soil test kits. Come get one for either your landscape, gardens, or lawn. We will both receive your results from the test and we can review them together.
- If you have had problems with crabgrass, then toward the end of February you want to be sure to apply a crabgrass pre-emergent. Remember, crabgrass is an annual weed, meaning the plant from last year is dead. But, before dying, it dropped seed for this years’ weed. One product that I would like to recommend is the ESPOMA ORGANIC WEED PREVENTER WITH CORN GLUTEN. This product will keep crabgrass seeds from germinating as well as other listed lawn weed seeds. How it works is that it keeps the sprouted weeds from generating any root system.
- Houseplants may be noticing the longer days and brighter sunlight and begin growing. You can now begin feeding them again.
- February is a key pruning month. Knock Out roses, monkey grass, crape myrtle, butterfly bush, and many other deciduous plants can be cut back now – IF THEY NEED IT.
- Don’t stop feeding the birds. Insects are not out yet. Birds are dependent on our providing food for them in February.
- Don’t forget to pinch back and feed your winter pansies. By doing so, you will encourage branching and more bud formation which will lead to more beautiful flowers as we get closer to March.
- Dormant oil spray, such as BONIDE’S ALL-SEASON HORTICULTURAL OIL, can be applied to fruit trees and assorted deciduous shrubs now. This product will coat and suffocate any insect that is living in all the crevasses and cracks of the bark. This Bonide product is very safe and organic to apply on any nice, warm day in February.
On warm, sunny days in February, let’s be sure to get outside and walk around and enjoy being outside with nature. Things are beginning to change. Spring bulbs are beginning to pop through the ground. Birds are being more active. It is a fun time to be into gardening! LET’S MAKE 2021 A HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!