February Gardening Tips & Chores
This is the time of year when winter seems the longest, yet each passing day brings a longer stretch of sunshine and the promise of a new gardening season! There are still a number of tasks on our Long Island February gardening to do list as we prepare for the upcoming season.
- Continue to use garden notes, photos and sketches to assess areas which need plants
- Finish seed list
Chores and Maintenance:
- Check on winter plant protection; add mulch and adjust plant stakes as necessary
- Continue to inspect ornamental trees and shrubs for scale insects
- Use wood ashes sparingly from fireplace as a good source of potash
- Avoid the use of salt to melt snow as it is toxic to most plants; use sawdust, sand or cat litter
- Keep bird feeders filled throughout the winter
- Take cuttings of indoor plants now to use as bedding plants in late spring some favorites are lantana, geranium, coleus, heliotrope, fuschia, begonia etc. using a rooting hormone.
- Sow seeds of annuals which require a long growing season like lobelia, petunia, vinca, browallia, snapdragon, verbena etc. always use a seed starting soil.
- Continue to prune away storm-damaged branches promptly. This prevents tearing of the bark
- Prune forsythia, pussywillow, quince etc. for forcing indoors
- Prune summer and fall-blooming shrubs
- Continue to provide houseplants with increased humidity; mist often or place the houseplant over a tray of moist pebbles
- On frigid nights, protect indoor plants from freezing; move them away from the glass of cover glass with thick newspaper or cardboard
- Continue to clean leaves of large and smooth-leaved houseplants like dracaeana, philodendron, ficus etc.
- Inspect houseplants for insect pests. Remove insects by hand and spray with insecticidal soap as necessary
Call 516-431-6821 or visit our garden center at 4373 Austin Blvd. in Island Park, NY for guidance and inspiration on how to get your garden ready for the Spring season!