- 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.
- 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.
- 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.