With our coolest month, January, behind us, we're on our way to a fabulous spring!
February is all about gearing up for spring here at Athens Farm & Garden and we're already starting to feel the excitement with the bags of seeds and cool weather plants already arriving. Average temps in February will be around 63 degrees.
Make plans to attend the upcoming KAB Home & Garden Show March 4th at the fairgrounds on Hwy 31. We will have a booth there showcasing a ton of new products for the garden & home.
Even though its still wintertime, there are a variety of plants that your can plant. Early to mid-February is a great time to start with your cool season crops such as -
Remember that our last freeze date is mid-March, so you'll have to wait until then to start planting your summer vegetables. If you plant to soon you risk your plants suffering from an unexpected freeze and having to start over.
This month is a great time to start pruning. When pruning, never remove more than 1/4 of the total plant. Before the buds begin to swell for spring, you should finish pruning summer flowering trees and shrubs.You can start pruning your roses in mid to late February, too! But don't prune your spring flowering plants such as your favorite azaleas until after they bloom.
And during your planning in January, if you decided to move any young trees or shrubs, now is the time to do that.
Winter weeds are getting ready to go into their big spring growth period. So it is very important this month to remember to put out your pre-emergent. We can't stress this enough. Keep in mind that the sign of weeds in your lawn is a sign of poor soil conditions and you need to consider improving your soil too.
Water lawns and gardens deeply once to twice a week, depending on the amount of rain. Do not overwater.
Fertlizing shouldn't come until April, after you've had to mow once.
Weed Free Zone is a great herbicide to apply right now as it is specially formulated to work in temps under 85 degrees. Other weed killers only work in warmer temps as we get closer to summer. Weed Free Zone works on over 80 different weeds including Henbit (shown in picture) and is safe to use on St. Augustine grass.
You can brighten your landscape quickly by adding transplants of snapdragons, pansies, Iceland poppies, violas, stocks, and petunias. Also try colorful foliage such as Swiss chard, ornamental kales, and cabbages. These add unusual color and texture to your flower beds until spring fully arrives and regular flowers can be planted.
By removing weeds in your flower beds in February, you get them out before they grow to big and are easy to pull up.
Its now time to plant your roses. Make sure to select healthy plants with 4 to 5 canes. Locate roses in a well prepared soil in sun - full morning, noonday sun, protected from hot afternoon sun is best. Plan to start a spray program to control aphids and blackspot diseases once foliage appears.
February is the first month to apply your pre-emergent to start combating sticker burrs and other weeds that will start germinating soon.
Check out our "Combating Sticker Burrs" article for more tips and information for these pesky plants!