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Even in the middle of winter and with February being the shortest month, spring is that much closer.  As of this blog posting, the first day of spring (March 20) is only 47 days away – HURRAH!!
Here are some February gardening chores:
  1.  February is a good month to prune SUMMER flowering shrubs – NOT SPRING BLOOMERS!  Spring bloomers have already produced their buds for spring color.  Pruning now will result in loss of flowers.  Some shrubs that can be pruned now:      Abelia, Callicarpa, Cotoneaster, Crape Myrtle, Gardenia, rose of Sharon, Nandina, roses, junipers, arborvitae, Butterfly bush
  2. Houseplants may notice longer days and begin growing.  You can begin feeding them again.
  3. Keep up with composting.  There’s never a time that you should call it quits with composting.  Even in February it’s important to turn the compost so it will be healthy and ready for spring use.
  4. Mid to late February is the time to fertilize shrubs and evergreens.  We recommend using one of the organic Espoma products such as Holly-Tone, Plant-tone, Garden-Tone, etc.  -  Great product!!
  5. Continue feeding our feathered friends.  You want them to stick around to help you with insect control when we warm up.
  6. Summer bearing raspberries and blackberries should have all the canes that produced fruit last year removed.
  7. GET YOU SOIL TESTED  -  send off soil sample to Virginia Tech for a complete analysis.  I can’t stress the importance of knowing your soil enough.
  8. Mid to late February is a good time to apply a crabgrass pre-emergent to your lawn.  You want to get this product down before our forsythia shrubs bloom.  With this mild winter we are experiencing – only Mother Nature knows when blooming may start.
  9. Do not mow your lawn until it has grown at least 2 inches.  The roots are being renewed in the spring, and grass needs vigorous top growth initially.
  10. Dormant oil spray, such as Bonide’s All Season Horticultural Oil, can be applied to fruit trees and shrubs now.  Do this on a mild day while temperatures are above freezing.
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