Spring is around the corner! Joseph Sears from Pike Nurseries stopped by with tips for viewers on what they should be doing in their gardens now to keep it healthy and getting it ready for the coming season!
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February Garden Tips
In the Garden
• Don't Forget your Sweetheart
o Give your Valentine a gift that lasts.
o Roses are always a favorite, and Pike Nurseries has the best selection of rose bushes.
o Blooming azaleas, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids are also beautiful plants that last.
• Plant Daphne
o Winter daphne (daphne odora) is in bloom. Plant by entrances and walkways and enjoy its sweet scent.
• Prune Now, Enjoy this Spring
o Now is the time to clean up the garden. Prune dormant trees, crape myrtles, roses, ornamental grasses and deciduous shrubs.
o Wait to prune spring-flowering plants until after they bloom, like Encore Azaleas.
o When you prune, cut to get the desired shape and size. Also prune any crossing branches.
• Veggie Time
o Prepare vegetable beds by applying lime, mushroom compost or composted manure as needed.
o Plant cool season vegetable plants like onions, asparagus and English peas in late February.
In the House
• Bring Garden Color Indoors
o Cut and enjoy a few spirea, forsythia and flowering quince branches and place them in vases indoors.
• Turn your Plants
o Turn houseplants half-way around so they don't grow too much toward the light.
For the Lawn
• Crabgrass Preventer
o Now is the time to apply the first application of crabgrass preventer to control grassy weeds in all types of lawns.
• Fertilize Fescue Lawns
o Fertilize Fescue for the first time with Atlanta Turf Special Lawn Fertilizer.
o Caution -- You have to choose between applying crabgrass preventer and reseeding. You cannot do both.