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 leaves 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

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.