Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Gardening Chores


-        If soil test has not been completed within the last 4 years, collect soil from 2 or 3 areas of the lawn, about 6 inches deep.  Make sure soil dries out on newspaper, then place in zip-lock sandwich bag and take to UT Extension to be boxed and tested.  Results should be sent to home about 2 – 3 weeks later.
-        Look for water blockage and low wet areas.
-        Remove fallen branches and twigs.
-        Look for vole damage and mole tunnels.  Place bait as needed.
-        Have mowers tuned up and blades sharpened.

Flower Gardens

-        Prune ornamental grasses, liriope, Knockout roses (as needed), old-fashioned butterfly bushes, Russian Sage, and Crape Myrtles (if desired).
-        Add packaged soil to flowerbeds and work around plants.
-        Plan new plants for garden areas.
-        Use a pre-emergent weed killer such as Preen mid-to-late February.
-        Mulch flowerbeds.

Kitchen Gardens

-        Add package soil or compost and 10-10-10 fertilizer as needed.
-        Some cool season crops can be planted in raised beds (lettuce, peas, onions, radishes, spinach – see UT Extension publication SP-291-0)
-        Spray dormant oil on fruit and nut trees if needed.
-        Bare root fruit trees can be planted in the garden. For specific fruit tree information, go online to UT Extension publications and download SP307-D, which will give all aspects of fruit tree management.


-        Remove leaf debris from pond surface.
-        Check that surface opening for gases is free of ice.

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