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MONTHLY CARE GUIDES

February Lawn Care Guidelines

  • Base any fertilizer application on a soil test. For directions, contact your county Extension Educator.

  • Fertilize ornamental, fruit, and nut trees and shrubs,annually.

  • Finish pruning shade trees, summer flowering shrubs,and hedges. Spring blooming shrubs such as forsythia may be pruned immediately after flowering.

  • Most bare-rooted trees and shrubs should be planted in February or early March.

  • Apply first pre-emergent summer annual herbicide to turf areas from February to mid-March.

  • Begin the vegetable garden with cool-season crops such as potatoes, onion, and radishes.

  • Dormant oil can still be applied to control mites, galls,overwintering aphids, etc.

  • Spray peaches and nectarines with a fungicide for prevention of peach leaf curl before bud swell.

  • A product containing glyphosate plus a broadleaf herbicide can be used on dormant bermuda in January or February when temperatures are above 50o F for winter weed control.

  • Place Nantucket pine tip moth pheromone traps by March 1.

  • Pre-emergent crabgrass control chemicals can still be applied to cool and warm season turfgrasses.

  • Heed label cautions when using any weed killers near or in the root zone of desirable plantings.

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