February Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants: Dianthus, pansy, viola, and dusty miller
 are all flowers that will give you yard and garden lots of color in the Winter months. To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Herbs: Parsley, thyme, sage, dill, fennel, garlic, comfrey, and cilantro grow well in the cooler months.  Click Here to learn more about planting herbs.

Bulbs: dahlia, crinum, and agapanthus can be planted now.  Consider laying mulch around the bulbs to help protect them from cold temperatures and give them lots of water when they are first planted.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs in your garden. 

Vegetables: Irish potatoes, broccoli, kale, carrots, and lettuce can be planted in the cool months. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables.

What maintenance is required this month?

Roses:  Now is a good time to prune back roses to improve their shape for the upcoming growing season.  Blossoms should appear 8-9 weeks after pruning.  Be sure to mulch around the roses as well. Click Here to learn more about roses.

Cold Damage: Wait to cut back cold damaged plants until warm weather returns.  Click Here  to learn more about lawn weed control.

Pruning:  Now is a good time to prune back shrubs and trees that don't flower.  Click Here to learn more.  

Fertilization on Lawns:  Apply a preemergence weed killer (not a “weed and feed” fertilizer) when temperatures rise to 65°F for 4–5 days to prevent warm-season weeds.  Click Here to learn more about caring for your lawn.

Citrus Fertilization: If you didn't fertilze in January, February is a good time to fertilize citrus trees.  Click Here  to learn more.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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