Seasonal Gardening Calendar


February brings a few warm sunny days. You can enjoy the blooms of your Lenten rose, prune fruit trees, and make sure bird feeders are always stocked.

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  • FEBRUARY Week 1

    Prune fruit trees

    Prune apple and pear trees now – but postpone peach pruning until mid-March.

    See Home Garden Apples

    Control weeds

    It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. Make sure no green bermuda sprouts are near the soil surface.

    See Winter Weed Control

    Check for blooms

    Look for blooms on your Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis). Few other plants can supply the year-round interest of this evergreen groundcover.

    See Lenten Rose Propagation

    Redesign your lawn

    Redesign your lawn for easier mowing. Eliminate sharp angles and narrow turf areas. Use mulch, new flower beds or a groundcover like mondo grass there instead.

    See Basic Lawn Maintenance

    Water winter plants

    Water poinsettia, Christmas cactus and amaryllis plants with houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-half strength. Don’t overwater!

    See Houseplants Smell Like Rotten Eggs

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  • FEBRUARY Week 2

    Test your soil

    How much fertilizer or lime does your lawn or garden really need? The only way to know for sure is to call your county Extension office (1-800-ASKUGA-1) and get a soil test kit.

    See Georgia Soil Testing


    Prune one-fourth of the branches from your overgrown fig bush. Removing any more will reduce the number of fruit this summer. Concentrate on saving the horizontal ones.

    See Fig Pruning

    Force Winter blooms

    Bring branches of spirea, forsythia and flowering quince indoors. Placed in a vase, they will bloom in just a few days.

    See Forcing Winter Blooms

    Rotate houseplants

    Remember to turn houseplants 180 degrees every two weeks to prevent uneven growth.

    See Growing Indoor Plants with Success

    Remove tree supports

    Remove guy wires, stakes and trunk wraps from small trees you planted last fall.

    See Tree Transplanting

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  • FEBRUARY Week 3

    Prune ornamental grasses

    The brown foliage on pampas grass and maiden grass can be pruned away now. Leave only a “crew cut” of brown stems twelve inches high.

    See Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses

    Plant sweet pea

    Plant sweet pea now for fragrant flowers later. Plant English peas, onions, asparagus or elephant garlic for your spring vegetable garden.

    See Planting Sweet Pea

    Prune your shrubs

    Overgrown Burford holly shrubs can be pruned severely now. Even if it is reduced to twelve inches tall, this shrub will resprout plenty of new foliage by summer.

    See Shrub Pruning

    Plant a container garden

    Plant a large container for your patio. A small boxwood surrounded by variegated ivy and blooming pansies would look very nice!

    Plant daphne shrubs

    Plant a winter daphne (Daphne odorum) near your home’s entrance or front walkway. The scent will greet you each day when you arrive at your abode this spring.

    See Make Your Own Daphne Soil


  • FEBRUARY Week 4

    Clean your bird boxes

    Clean out bird boxes so they will be ready to welcome new residents in a few weeks.

    See Cleaning Bluebird Boxes

    Build raised beds

    Build raised beds for vegetables, roses and herbs. It’s easy to do with four pieces of 2×8 wood planks. Choose lengths that fit your space; bolt them together at the corners.

    See Raised Bed Materials

    Prune your butterfly bush

    Reduce the size of your butterfly bush by two thirds to one half to encourage new growth (and big blooms) this summer.

    See Butterfly Bush Pruning

    Fertilize your fescue

    Time for the first fertilization of fescue for the year. Any brand of turf fertilizer will work well. Next application: April.

    See Fertilizing Fescue

    Clean up your monkey grass

    Set your mower to its highest setting and cut off the tattered leaves of liriope (monkey grass). They will quickly regrow in March. 

    See Liriope Care


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