Besides Valentine’s day and President’s day, February means the beginning of the spring gardening season here in the low desert! Our last average frost date is about mid February, the days are getting longer and warmer, and plants are beginning to push new growth and some are beginning to bloom! Here is a check list of some of your garden’s priorities for the month. As Always We Welcome Your Questions and We Make House Calls!
- fertilize citrus and really most of the plants in your landscape We recommend fertilome, organo, and Hickman’s fertilizers
- Finish up pruning roses and deciduous trees as they’re beginning to push new growth. Once new growth begins they should be fertilized with the above brands as well.
- Control new emerging weeds as quickly as possible. Whether you’re pulling or spraying, young weeds are much easier to get rid of and clean up
- Start Planting warm season vegetables. Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Eggplant, and more.http://harperslandscape.com/caresheets/plantingdates.pdf Click the link for exact dates and the list.
- Be sure you’re keeping your cool season garden and flowers well fertilized as the weather warms. Again, fertilome,organo, and Hickman’s are great choices.
- Adjust and inspect irrigation systems before it gets warmer. It’s better to find out if you have problems now than when the heat comes and you have dead plants! As a rule of thumb your landscape needs about double the water in the Spring vs Winter. Don’t know how to adjust your system-we can help-Call Us!
- As we near the end of the month begin planting frost sensitive plants like Hibiscus, Bougainvillea, Lantana, Natal plum and the like
- The Best Time To Plant A TREE was 25 years ago-Next Best Time Is Today!! Be sure you take into account how big the tree will get at maturity and pick the variety or location that will accommodate it the best. The Southwest part of your home is the warmest and it will be most advantageous to shade it first!
- Begin Planting Citrus-Have your shade and eat it too-continue to plant deciduous fruit trees as well!
We hope this list can get you off to a great start for the spring-remember your home is your biggest investment and your landscape is the first part of it you see and maybe the only part your neighbors ever look at!! If it’s not what you’d like it to be-We Can Help-Call Us!!