February Gardening

This February is much different than past Februarys.  It’s not as cold, and it’s not as snowy, icy, or rainy.  However, we still have winter garden chores!

Start by checking your perennial plants.  You can protect your strawberries and many perennial flowers as well as garlic, over-wintered spinach, and other crops that can easily be damaged by alternate warming and freezing of the soil with mulch.  Although it is too late to undo any damage that’s done, mulching now can prevent additional damage caused by spring fluctuations in soil temperatures.

You can also take a walk around the garden to check for winter damage to shrubs, evergreens, and trees. Look for damage by rabbits and rodents, too. We have a lot of rabbits in our area this year, so be sure to understand who is causing garden damage before coming up with a solution.

February is also a great time to think about the birds. In addition to keeping the feeders full, you can attract them to your yard and garden next spring by adding a birdhouse now.

 

GardenWise on Winter Watering and Mulching

     

Winter Garden Prep

WATERING: Water all new trees,

shrubs and other plants before you

put your hose away for the winter

as they require as much moisture

at the root level to survive though

winter.  Rainfall only soaks in just

below the surface.  This last deep

is important for your newlyplanted trees, shrubs and especially evergreens.

WINTER MULCH: A reminder that we’re approaching that day, so after the

ground has become frozen, apply an extra layer of organic winter mulch to

tender plants, such as Lavender. Avoid using mulch like whole leaves that

will compact and smother your plants. Mainly Mulch works nicely and adds

organic matter as it decomposes. Don’t apply the extra mulch before the

ground has become frozen, which is an open invite to unwanted guests

such as mice to move into your garden.