February 9, 2018 Gardening Tips for February


Are you dying to get back outside again and start preparing your yard and garden for spring?  Here is a list of things you can do in February:

  • Keep Feeding Birds. You will want to make sure the birds stay around, as they will help you to naturally manage pests in your garden, come spring.
  • Condition Garden Tools. Clean and oil your hand tools. Make sure mowers, trimmers and other power tools are in good working order.
  • Prune and Shape Roses. A good reminder for this is Valentine’s Day = Roses. Prune and shape your roses sometime in mid-February. Add compost and fertilizer as needed.
  • Add a moss-deterrent to your lawn.  Moss will grow before new grass, so consider applying ferrous sulfate to your lawn to deter the growth of moss.
  • Now is a great time to turn your compost pile!
  • Clean garden furniture if you didn’t get around to it last fall. Replace worn cushions, and check wood for rot.

There are many other tasks you can do in your garden in February, depending upon what zone you live in. You can also sow many seeds and begin planting spring-harvested crops, again, depending upon the climate of your area.  

For a complete zone-by-zone guide to gardening in February, check out this handy zone-by-zone to-do list from Organic Life.  

by See Jane Drill, Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved