February Gardening for Spring & Summer Success

chrysler imperialTo celebrate the month of love, The Family Tree has put together a guide to help you give your garden some love! Here are a few tips and advice on what you’ll need to do, plants to buy, and overall guidance to help you achieve great success this spring and summer!

For the Love of Roses

Go ahead and plant your roses now! The selection is best this month, so you have a lot to choose from.  Roses like plenty of sun, well drained soil, and a good rose fertilizer.  If you already have established roses, now is the time to give them a good pruning. Look for any weak or diseased canes and remove them. Try to leave 4 -5 main canes and each of the main canes should have a few vigorous shoots. Prune to a height between 18-24”. Try to prune the cane to an outward facing bud, so that the new branch that emerges will grow outwards and not into the center of the plant.

Start now on your vegetable and flower gardens!

  • Plant potatoes, onions, lettuce, and spinach this month.
  • Pull up all the weeds and start working the soil.  Add lime, compost, Nature’s Helper and a good healthy soil like Dr. Earth or Fafard Planting Mix.  Your summer crop will be more bountiful if you start your soil now.
  • If you are concerned about how much lime to add, be on the look out for our next soil testing event.
  • Start seeds.  Vegetable, herb and flower seeds can be started in late February.  Pick up a brochure at the garden shop or ask one of our experts for more info.

Trees, perfect time to plant!

Choose the area you want to add a tree and head to The Family Tree to pick it out.  If you already have a tree, it can be pruned now!  Remove weak branches and snip back those that are getting out of control.  Make sure you cut close to a notch,  leaving branches exposed can invite disease. Fertilize your trees this month too.  They will be much stronger in the spring and summer if you feed them now.

Clean Up Your Tools

Sharpen and clean your tools for the coming season.  Make sure your lawn mower is oiled and sharp; you don’t want to look like you’re living in a jungle once those spring rains begin to fall! Don’t forget to take inventory and acquire any implements you’ll need. The most important question: have you got a good pair of gloves?

Pretty Pansies

Your pansies might look a little pitiful after the rigors of winter but they will be fine.  Water and fertilize them when they thaw out.  If you procrastinated in putting your pansies out in the fall, it’s ok! Plant some now; the selection is just as good in February as it was in September!

Clean out your bird houses!

The old nesting material should be removed. Scrub the house with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Rinse well and allow the house to dry completely before closing up. Make sure the hardware and hinges are solid.

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