Home improvement and home repair tips: On The House with the Carey Bros. & Rebecca Cole.
* Home
* What's New
* Tip of the Day
* Weekly Project
* Monthly E-Newsletter
* Q & A
* Features
- On The House Show and
Tell
- House Pets with Sandy
Robins
* Radio Show
* About the Bros.
* Contests & Promotions
* Our Partners
* Mailing Lists
* Contact Us
* Employment Opportunities
* Affiliate Toolbox
Buy our Books!





Search for the answer
 Thursday, January 18th, 2018

February 21, 2009

February Gardening “To-Do” List

Now is the time to complete winter tasks in preparation for spring. Check out this “to-do” list to get ready.

1. Complete winter pruning of dormant plants such as cane berries, fruit trees, grapes, roses and wisteria. Do not delay because warm weather will send these plants into a vigorous growth spurt, which you want to direct by pruning.

2. Continue to protect frost-sensitive plants such as citrus, succulents and bougainvillea, preferably by covering with a frost cloth (sold at nurseries).

3. Continue to prune hybrid-tea roses since they will bloom only on new wood. Cut back one-third to one-half, leaving canes about l8 inches long. Cut above a swelling bud, pointing out from the center. Remove all suckers and dead wood. Local rose gardens and nurseries offer classes.

4. Prune climbing roses to remove twiggy growth and weak shoots. Prune canes that flowered last year to three or four buds.

5. Do not prune old garden roses unless you know where to prune. Old garden roses have very individual pruning requirements.

6. Do not prune back frost-damaged plants until March. Mother Nature often stages amazing comebacks.

7. Spray fruit trees and roses with a dormant spray made of horticultural oil to kill overwintering insect eggs.

8. Buy bare-root plants (sold without soil around the roots) such as grapes, cane berries, fruit trees and roses.

9. Azaleas and camellias are in bloom and rhododendron are in the budding stage so now (while you can see the bloom color) is an excellent time to purchase them.

10. Continue to pick up fallen camellia flowers in order to prevent the spread of camellia petal blight.

11. Thinking ahead to summer's vegetable gardens may prompt the more ambitious gardener to sow tomato, eggplant and peppers seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season.

12. Prepare garden tools and machinery for spring use. Wire brush and sharpen tools with cutting edges such as shovels, spades, hoes, pruning shears, hedge trimmers and trowels.

13. Avoid walking on wet garden soil to prevent compacting soil and wait until the soil dries out a little before setting out new plants and bare-root plants.




Rebecca’s previous tips by date:
Rebecca’s previous tips by title:

Sign up for our In The Garden mailing list and get Rebecca’s advise delivered to your inbox every week!



Check out Rebecca's website to get all your design, garden, and floral needs at ColeCreates.com!
Check out Rebecca’s website to get all your design, garden, and floral needs at ! ColeCreates.com.



View Printer-Friendly Version
Send this Article to a Friend



On The House Media © 1996-2018 All Rights Reserved.