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FEBRUARY GARDEN "TO DO" LIST

 

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  •  Order seed, bulb, and nursery catalogs to assist in planning your garden for the upcoming year.

  •  Continue to check plants for signs of damage from weather or animals.

  •  Use potassium or calcium based de-icing products on walkways rather than sodium-based products. 

  •  Consider using sand on slippery surfaces.

  •  Repair and paint garden tools and lawn furniture for spring.

 

TREES AND SHRUBS

  • Mild weather might cause some buds on flowering shrubs to bloom prematurely.  These buds will not rebloom in spring.

  • Continue to cut branches for forcing indoors.

  • Heavy pruning of large woody shrubs can be done this month.

  • In unseasonably warm/dry winter plants will be stressed.  Water evergreens, conifers as needed.

  • If tree branches become covered with ice, just let the ice melt rather than risk breaking the branches.  Gently sweep snow with a soft broom from large evergreens.

 

 INDOOR GARDEN

  • Houseplants might show signs of stress caused by light deprivation, overwatering, inadequate humidity, and overheated indoor air.  Stressed plants also are more prone to develop insect and disease problems ... monitor.

  • Consider starting seeds indoors.

 

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/72987.pdf

 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist/february