THGC | February
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Planting: Continue to plant trees while they are still dormant and the weather is cool.

Transplanting: Can be done this month with good results.

Fertilizing: No fertilizer should be applied to trees this time of year

Pest Control: Scale infestations can be sprayed with a lightweight horticultural oil – do not spray immediately before below freezing temperatures are expected. Spray several times about 10 days apart. Spray for most fruit trees begins this month. Never use insect-control aids on fruit trees when they are in bloom.

Pruning: Winter is the ideal time to prune both deciduous and evergreen trees. Do not prune spring flowering trees now. If you haven’t pruned your fruit trees, do so immediately

Planting: This is a good month for planting roses – both container grown and bare-root roses.

Transplanting: Finish transplanting in the early part of this month.

Fertilizing: You can apply fertilizer to established roses the latter part of this month

Pest Control: If your roses he blackspot, collect and dispose of leves as they yellow and fall.

Pruning: Prune during the early to middle of this month. Cut hybrid teas, grandifloras, and floribundas back to a height of 2 to 3 feet, or at least cut the bush back to about one-third to one-half its height. Prune out dead wood

Watering: Rainfall should be adequate for established roses. Newly planted roses should be watered in thoroughly. If there is no rain soak the soil of the rose bed.

Planting: It is not the proper time of the year to plant either cool or warm weather grass seed. You can plant sod, it will be dormant and brown when planted, but it will green up in March or April. If severe freezing temperatures occur the newly laid sod can be damaged though.

Fertilizing: No fertilizer is necessary this month.

Pest Control: Use a weed-control product to eliminate broadleaf weeds. Do not use a weed-and-feed though – it is too early in the season for that.

Mowing: Continue to mow cool season grasses.

Watering: If the weather turns dry and you have ryegrass growing, irrigation may be necessary.

Planting: February is a great month to plant shrubs.

Transplanting: The cooler weather of this month continues to offer good transplanting conditions.

Fertilizing: It is still a little early for fertilizing most shrubs

Pest Control: If you did not apply oil sprays to shrubs to control scale in January you can do so this month.

Pruning: Prune summer-flowering shrubs now if you need to (do not prune gardenias or hydrangeas now).

Watering: Little additional water is needed this time of year since shrubs are mostly dormant and the weather is cool with adequate rain.

Planting: It’s time to gear up for major planting this month.

Transplanting: You can dig up and move or divide perennials now.

Fertilizing: Perennials that are in active growth may be fertilized in late February.

Pest Control: Generally no major insect or disease problems in February. Aphids may be seen on new growth.

Pruning: Remove old, dead growth on perennials now if you have not already done so.

Watering: Water-in newly planted perennials thoroughly. Cool, moist weather usually means that little watering will need to be done.

Planting: It is too late to plant spring-flowering bulbs this month and too early for summer blooming bulbs.

Planting: You can still continue to plant cool season annuals this month.

Fertilizing: If you haven’t fertilized since you planted several months ago you might need to now.

Pest Control: Pests shouldn’t be too much of a problem during this time of year.

Watering: Rain is usually generous this month, so watering chores are normally minimal.