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   Feb 26

February is almost over. Check out these Winter and February to do lists!

Mumtopia: A Wildlife Gardener’s Winter To-do List

Even if you only have a window box, John Lewis-Stempel’s humorous and informative writings will encourage you to attract bees, birds and butterflies, learn which plants are best for wildlife and find out what the ten wildlife garden commandments are. Projects on my list include making a green roof for our shed, a wildlife hotel and a bird box. Get his Book “The Wildlife Garden” Here:


Here is John’s to-do list for wildlife gardeners at this time of year.

“• Feed birds food with high fat content – it helps keep them warm. Feed regularly so birds do not waste vital time and energy making fruitless (or nutless, or seedless) visits to a table.

• Put fat blocks in wire cages – not plastic netting as sometimes birds get feet caught in them (or tongues in the case of woodpeckers).

• Remember birds are most vulnerable at the end of winter when they have to begin singing and staking out their territories.

• Make sure water for birds is not frozen.

• Plant berry and fruiting trees such as Pyracantha, crab apple (Malus), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and Cotoneaster.

• Buy a Christmas tree with roots, and plant in the garden after your celebrations. Coal tits and goldcrests can use it for roosting.

• Crumble left-over Christmas cake and put out for the birds. But it may be sensible to hold back on any Christmas cake absolutely chokka with brandy, sherry or other types of hooch. A tablespoonful or so in a cake will not affect the birds.

• Plan and dig new borders and beds.

• Plant a native mixed hedge.

• Prune apple and fruit trees which are now dormant.

• Trim hedges once the berries have been eaten; preferably trim one side of the hedge and leave the other side until next year.

• Dig the vegetable plot, incorporate the contents of the compost heap.

• Take hardwood cuttings.

• Mend and replace fences and arches.

• Check and repair nest boxes. Put new nest boxes up, so that birds will get used to them before the nesting season. They also make good winter roosts.

• Make New Year’s Resolutions to increase your wildlife gardening.

• Join in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.”

 

February To Do List | Durham Extension Master Gardeners

Fertilizing

  • Shade trees can be fertilized.
  • Fertilize emerging spring flowering bulbs.
  • Spread wood ashes around the vegetable garden, flowering bulb beds and non-acid loving plants if the pH is below 6.0.

Planting

  • First week in February start broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower plants inside your home.
  • Plant English peas, onions, Irish potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, spinach, kale, turnips, and carrots the last week of February.
  • Plant asparagus crowns when soil is dry enough to work.
  • Plant fruit trees and grape vines while dormant, before buds open.

Pruning

  • Prune bunch grape vines this month.
  • Trim ornamental grasses like liriope, mondo grass, and pampas grass.
  • Cut back any overgrown shrubs.
  • Prune fruit trees, such as apples, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear and plum while dormant, before buds open.
  • While pruning, remove leaves and clippings to prevent disease problems.

Spraying

  • Peach and nectarine trees need to be sprayed with a fungicide to prevent leaf curl.
  • Spray all fruit trees with dormant oil to help eliminate some insects.

Lawn Care

  • Cool season lawns like tall fescue should be fertilized. Follow soil test results.
  • Control wild onion in your lawn with spot sprays of a recommended herbicide.

Propagation

  • Divide perennials like daylily and shasta daisy when the ground is dry enough.
  • Hardwood cuttings of many landscape plants like Crape Myrtle, Flowering Quince, forsythia, hydrangea, juniper, spiraea, and weigela can be taken this month.

Specific Chores

  • Clean out bluebird boxes.
  • Order flowers for your sweetheart – Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Develop a vegetable and landscape plan for your home grounds.
  • Order strawberry & blueberry plants.
  • Bring cut branches of forsythia, winter honeysuckle, spirea and quince inside.  Place branches in water filled vases to enjoy early blooms.

 

Zone by zone to-do list for gardeners in February : Organic Gardening

It’s not too early to start your garden, believe it or not. Get this zone by zone to-do list for getting ready for your garden in February.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/gardeners-do-list-february?page=0,0&cm_mmc=OGNews-_-1577852-_-01292014-_-February-To-Do-List_title

It’s not too early to start your garden, believe it or not. Get this zone by zone to-do list for getting ready for your garden in February.

 

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