February Planting Guide & Checklist
It’s a Little Early to Plant, but You Can Plan!
Check out water-wise plants that are recommended or this area by the Lubbock Master Gardener Association.
GET A SOIL TEST:
Soil tests can be used to estimate the kinds and amounts of soil nutrients available to plants. They also can be used as aids in determining fertilizer needs. Properly conducted soil sampling and testing can be cost-effective indicators of the types and amounts of fertilizer needed to improve plant production.
February is a great time to prune most trees.
Prune oak trees before the end of February to minimize chance of oak wilt infestation.
Prune other shade trees and woody shrubs as necessary to remove dead wood and improve structure. Prune tall Nandinas, if necessary, to improve fullness, by removing one-third of the tallest canes at 2-3” above ground level (late February). Repeat the next two years.
Trim or mow grasses, grassy groundcovers such as liriope and mondo grass, and perennials if needed, due to freeze damage or ragged appearance, before spring growth begins.
Continue to plant evergreen shrubs, fruit, nut and shade trees.
Use dormant oil on fruit trees and other scale-prone plants to control insects.
Inspect birdhouses to make sure they’re firmly mounted. Clean feeders. Give birdbaths a good scrubbing and refill with water. Last but not least, create a pile of ready-for-the-taking nesting materials to make life a little easier for our feathered friends.
Clean gutters to prevent water from drowning plants below.
Scrub clay pots. Clean tools.
Inspect your mulch, particularly its depth. Organic mulches decompose and wash away.
Fluff your mulch and level it over your garden beds. Use a ruler to determine the average depth of the mulch. Ideally, you want at least a 2-inch layer, and 3 to 4 inches is OK.
Scalp your yard! It exposes the roots. Rake if you have thatch, and next year, water and mow correctly to prevent it.
Commit Crepe Murder! Crepe murder turns beautiful trees into ugly stumps, and it prevents the formation of pretty, mottled bark on maturing trunks.
It creates skinny, whip-like shoots sprouts from the end of each ugly stump. These whips are too weak to hold up the flowers.