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Gardening to-do list for February/March

Feb./Mar. 2012 California Bountiful magazine

It's time to gear up for spring.



February

  • Spray apricot trees to prevent brown rot. If you haven't applied a dormant spray, do so before buds start to swell.
  • Trim damaged wood from fruit trees.
  • Prune clematis vines.
  • Give the inside of the house a lift: Cut branches of early spring flowering shrubs and bring them indoors. Try forsythia, cherry, crab-apple, whatever you see blooming.
  • Plant (either seeds or purchased plants) snapdragons, Shasta daisy, bleeding heart and stock.
  • In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke, strawberries and rhubarb. Direct seed radishes, beets and chard. Start peppers and tomatoes indoors.
  • Camellias and azaleas are in bloom. Choose the ones you like best for your garden.

March

  • Prune and fertilize spring flowering shrubs after bloom.
  • Feed camellias, roses, annual flowers and berries with a slow-release fertilizer.
  • Keep pulling weeds.
  • Aphids? Hose them off with a strong, but fine spray of water or use insecticidal soap.
  • Watch for signs of slugs and earwigs. Handpick at night or use bait. Make sure to use one that is not toxic to pets and children.
  • Shop for citrus trees.
  • Over-seed bare spots in the lawn.

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