Romance Your Texas Garden with a Little Pruning

February is a strange month for gardening, like the beginning of a new relationship with your lawn. It’s not quite the end of winter and it’s not quite the beginning of spring, but there are many things you can do to help your garden excel and look fantastic.

A relationship with your yard takes a lot of work, especially in the cold season. Despite the lingering cool weather, February is a wonderful time to plant cool season crops. These crops include beets, swish chard, turnips, sugar snap peas, lettuce, spinach and other greens as well as Irish potatoes and radishes.

When you plant early you ensure a good harvest before the summer’s sweltering heat arrives. Flowers such as begonia, petunias and impatiens should also be sown in February rather than the heat-loving flowers of the summer.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated with roses for a more practical reason than the fact that roses are the flower of romance. It’s actually time to prune them as well, so make sure you prune your roses and give your loved one a special bouquet for Valentine’s Day.
 
It’s also extremely important to continue protecting tender plants, especially newer ones, until the final freeze. For plants that need supplemental water, always make sure you have watered deeply before a freeze. Dry plants are more likely to suffer from freeze damage than well-watered ones, but it is also important not to overwater. Plants are slower to use their water supply when temperatures are cooler. 

Here’s a step-by-step checklist for your February flowers, trees and gardens:

  • Prepare beds and gardens for spring planting by tilling several inches of compost or some similar material such as composted pine bark.
  • Check and turn compost piles.
  • Check trees and shrubs for scale insects. If you find any, treat them with horticultural oil.
  • Prune and fertilize fruit trees.
  • Prune roses in the middle or end of the month.
  • Move any young trees or shrubs you would like in a new location.
  • Check trees and shrubs for scale insects. If you find any, treat them with horticultural oil.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses and perennials before the new growth starts.
  • Sow seeds in containers to jump-start your plant growth before the hot weather. Warm temperature plants such as tomatoes and peppers will benefit from doing this early in the month.
  • Fertilize cool season flowers such as pansies.
  • Arrange and apply weed control tactics with your landscaping professional.
As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into maintaining your landscaping, even in the off-season. If you want to focus more on your love relationship than you do on your garden, sign up for lawn services from North Texas Lawns. We'll make sure your yard is always looking its best and ready to impress your special someone. 

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