February Planner from Red Barn Garden Center:
Plant bare-root and container fruit trees, blackberries, and grapes as soon as possible, so they will be established for spring.
Transplant dormant trees, shrubs and roses now. Trim top back 1/3 to ½ to compensate for root loss and shock. Don’t forget to use Root Stimulator, Superthrive, Vitazyme or Liquid Seaweed to help with transplant shock.
Spray dormant oil on fruit trees and evergreens now if you have not already done so, to prevent scale and for insect control etc.
It is a great time to plant veggies such as Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Chard, Potatoes, Lettuce, Shallots, and Turnips just to name a few. Soak beans and peas overnight in a Vitazyme solution or use Inocculant to help in sprouting. Use a good soil to insure success. We carry organic soils and amendments made by Back to Nature and Lady Bug, and Organics by Gosh to name a few.
Corn can be planted in late Feb. You will have fewer worms if planted early.
You may want to get Tomato and Pepper plants started inside or green house. Protect from freeze.
Prune deciduous trees and oak trees now. Don’t forget to seal open ends and cuts with pruning paint or spray to protect from insect damage. Avoid oak tree pruning from Feb. 15 thru June 15th to prevent oak wilt.
Plant spring bulbs now. Fertilize Iris, Calla Lily, and fall planted bulbs with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer or organic fertilizer like Rose Glo . Divide if needed every two or three years.
Fertilize trees and evergreens with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer also.
Wait until March for lawn fertilizer when grass is active and mowed at least twice. You can use organic fertilizers at any time. They bind with the soil and will not wash away.
Apply pre-emergent for weed control. Corn Gluten (liquid or granular) or pre-emergents are used for weed control.
Watch for broad leaf or grassy weeds. Use 20% Vinegar as a contact kill or other liquid post-emergent herbicides for existing weeds. (Note: Some cool season grassy weeds die back naturally with the onset of heat)
If you have any other gardening questions or needs, please visit Red Barn Garden Center at 12881 Pond Springs Road and let one of our experienced nursery professionals help you.
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