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Warm Climate February Garden Calendar

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February Calendar

For Warm climates (USDA hardiness zones 7-9)

 

 

·►Trees and Shrubs

Apply Dormant oil spray to camellias and evergreen hollies to eradicate scale insects and kill overwintering insect eggs.

Prune shrubs like beautyberry, butterfly bush, and smoke bush to the ground to encourage summer flowers.

Gather up camellia flowers as they fall to prevent pests from overwintering in them.

Prune all fruit trees, evergreen shrubs, and other small trees.

·►Annuals

Plant out started plants of hardier annuals.

Prepare beds by adding organic matter, lime and fertilizer as needed.

Direct seed marigolds and zinnias toward the end of the month.

Weed, water and fertilize winter plantings as needed.

·►Perennials and Bulb

Order new plants and plant them as soon as they arrive, especially lily bulbs.

Divide and replant overgrown perennials.

Prepare the soil for planting by adding organic matter, lime, and high phosphate fertilizer as needed.

Look for early crocus species to bloom.

·►Roses

Plant all kinds of new roses.

Test soil pH. In the Southwest, soils are likely to be too alkaline and will require treatment with wettable sulpher.

Water deeply in dry weather and apply a complete slow-release fertilizer at the end of the month.

Prune back roses when emerging shoots are 1 inch long. Prune ever-blooming climbers lightly, leaving the main canes alone. Remove any winter killed wood.

·►Vegetables and Herbs

Locate a good source for organic mulch; save newspaper to put underneath.

Destroy any overwintering pests such as the leaf-footed bug.

Plant potatoes around the first of the month.

Begin planting warm-season crops, like beans, corn, melons, and squash.

Set out peppers and eggplants.

·►Tomatoes

Set out tomato plants. In areas of high rainfall (more than 30 inches per year), use raised beds.

Keep transplants growing vigorously with weekly applications of a soluble fertilizer and regular watering.

Wrap row covers around cages for wind and pest protection and to raise temperatures a few degrees.

·►Lawns

Inventory your lawn supplies. List those needed for spring

Perform a soil test to determine nutrient needs, if not done already.

Watch for pythium blight fungus, which can infest warm season grasses from now through late spring.

·►Patio and Container Plants

Monitor plants daily for water needs and pest control.

Pot spring flowering annuals.

Pot cool-treated spring bulbs.

Pot annuals for spring color.

Protect tender plants against any possible surprise frosts.

Prune and reshape potted trees and shrubs while they are dormant.

 

Source:Reader’s Digest 1001 Hints & Tips For Your Garden

 

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