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  • February is a good month to inspect all your gardening tools – shovels, pruners, etc. to clean and sharpen for the upcoming spring demands.
  • Now is the month to prune your shrub roses, such as the Knockout roses.  Prune rose bushes, leaving 3 to 5 strong canes, each about 12 – 18 inches tall.  At this time is good to give your roses some food such as the Espoma Rose Food.
  • You can now cut back your liriope “monkey grass” close to ground level as possible before new shoots begin to grow.
  • If you love vegetable gardening and you are eager to get started, mid to end of February is the starting time to plant cool season vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, cabbage, collards, etc.
  • Depending on the temperatures of February, the end of February to early March is when you want to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass preventer.  In Central Virginia, watch for the forsythia shrubs to begin blooming in your neighborhood.  This is our indicator to put down a crabgrass pre-emergent.
  • Don’t forget to pinch back and feed your winter pansies in February.  By doing so, you will encourage branching and more bud formation which will lead to more beautiful flowers as we get into March and April.
  • February is a good month to cut back your ornamental grasses, such as Miscanthus, Pampas grass, and others.  Cut these ornamental grasses as close to ground level as possible.
  • On warm, sunny days in February let’s be sure to get outside and walk around your gardens.  Things are beginning to change.  Spring bulbs are beginning to pop through the ground.  Birds are being very active.  Let’s make 2015 a HEALTHY NEW YEAR !!!!
Posted: 1/30/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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