Time to get planting!
February is an excellent time to get started on improving your landscape for the year. There's plenty that your landscaping company can do to get things ready to go and to look beautiful. The top three things to focus on right now would be planting, pruning, and plant care.
You can't plant everything in February, but there is plenty you can do. You can plant evergreen shrubs, as well as fruit, nut, and shade trees.
Early blooming spring annuals, such as dianthus, alyssum, and petunias can be planted in the later part of the month.
You can also start planting your vegetable garden. Plant things like asparagus, broccoli, beets, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, collards, cilantro, English peas, lettuce, parsley, potatoes, onion transplants, kohlrabi, spinach, radishes, Swiss chard, and turnips.
You should ensure that oak trees are pruned before February 15, to reduce the chances of oak wilt infestation. Prune other shade trees and woody shrubs as needed to remove dead wood and improve the structure. Pecan and fruit trees should be pruned before the spring bud break, and all standard roses varieties (except climbing roses) should be pruned by about 50% by midmonth.
If it's needed, you can prune tall Nandinas to improve their fullness. Remove a third of the tallest canes at 2-3" above ground level by late February. Repeat for the following two years.
If there's freeze damage or just a ragged appearance, you can also trim or mow grassy groundcovers such as liriope and mondo grass before the spring growth begins.
You'll want to continue to protect tender plants from hard freezes right now. Use frost cloth to protect those that are planted in the ground outside. Tropical plants, such as hibiscus, aloe vera, spider plants, and some succulents and ferns, should be brought indoors if possible. Fertilize winter annuals, such as pansies, with your favorite fertilizer. Fertilize cool-season grasses, too, with a slow-release fertilizer.
Start prepping for the upcoming seasons as well by applying pre-emergent herbicides to established lawns, so that warm season broadleaf and grassy weeds like dandelions and crabgrass are nipped in the bud before they start. Do this by no later than early March.
You'll also want to add a horticultural oil to pecan and fruit trees and scale-prone shrubs like hollies and euonymus when the temperature is between 45-65 for two weeks, typically around mid-February.
Whether you're busy, overwhelmed by information, or have a black thumb, a landscaping company can quickly help you with any or all of these tasks. Contact Cut-N-Edge Lawn and Landscape to arrange for us to help you with all your landscaping and planting needs.
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