February is the window to spring. One day it is 70 degrees, and the next day it’s freezing. Spring fever is a real ailment! There is plenty to do before planting.
a. It’s the time to clean flower beds and prepare the garden soil. Begin Seeding broccoli, beets, cabbage, collards, carrots, lettuce, English peas, turnips, Swiss chard and spinach.
b. Set out onion sets and plants. Begin seeding radishes, plant short rows at 2-week intervals for small successive crops.
c. Transplant balled and burlapped, bareroot, deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, roses, vines while they are still dormant.
d. Plant disease free seed potatoes, dust pieces, containing one eye or more, with sulphur. Let dry 3 days before planting.
e. Prune fruit and nut trees, grapevine, roses, trees, evergreen and flowering shrubs. Do not Prune spring bloomers until the plants have finished blooming.
f. Plant asparagus crowns. They must be planted in a bed that will not be disturbed. It takes three years to begin harvesting, so be patient.
g. Fertilize all blooming plants and trees. Trees need 1 lb. of fertilizer per inch diameter of trunk. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer. (4-1-2) ratio. It’s a good time to add Cottenseed meal, bloodmeal and compost to your plants. You don’t need to use both of the meals, use one or the other.
h. Add 1 inch of water to your landscape per week if it doesn’t rain.
i. It will be mowing time very soon, check and repair all of your equipment.
Tip: If you are pruning oak trees, remember to spray the cuts with a paint to help prevent Oak Wilt.