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February 2016

Preparing the Landscape for Winter (download pdf)

  • Keep all plants watered during dry conditions even though some may be dormant.
  • Irrigate at least 24 hours before freeze if soil is dry.
  • Clean and fill bird feeders.
  • Order gardening supplies for next season.
  • Make sure indoor plants are receiving enough light or set up indoor fluorescent plant light.
  • Till garden plots and plant cover crop such as Austrian Winter Pea to provide natural nitrogen to the soil in the spring.
  • Drain water hoses before storing.
  • Remove all gasoline from power equipment before storing them for the winter.
  • Coat your metal tools with a thin layer of oil to prevent rust during storage.

...For Flowers

  • Apply 3-4 inches of mulch to protect rose bushes and perennials.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs in the fall after temperatures cool down, but before the ground freezes. Your bulbs need to establish strong root systems before winter sets in.

...For Trees and Shrubs

  • Now is the time to apply horticultural and dormant spray oil to fruit trees, shade trees, ornamentals, shrubs and roses. This will provide protection against insects, mites and diseases.
    • Spray when temperature is above 40 degrees in late fall and winter.
    • Do not use dormant oil on evergreens.
  • Rake and remove all leaves that can harbor overwintering insects and disease spores.
  • Fertilize trees and evergreens after hard freeze.

...For Fruits and Nuts

  • Cover strawberry plants with mulch 3-4 inches thick to prevent winter injury.
  • Wait to prune fruit trees until mid-late February or March.

...Lawn & Turf

  • Remove leaves from cool-season grasses or mow with a mulching mower.
  • Fertilize cool season grasses.
  • Control broadleaf weeds in warm or cool-season lawns with post-emergent broadleaf killer.
  • Remove diseased plant material from landscape to reduce disease problems for next year.
  • Now is a good time for soil test to correct nutrient deficiencies before winter.

View our calendar to see additional tips and planting guidelines.

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