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GARDENING TIPS FOR FEBRUARY

  • Lawns – water once a week and mow often. Fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks until the end of April. Avoid cutting seed lawns to short, as roots will be damaged by the sun and heat.
  • Be on the lookout for mole crickets or harvester termites, they can be treated with Baythroid or Zero Harvester Termite bait.
  • Have you had lots of rain? Is there a boggy patch in a corner of the garden? Instead of draining that spot, why not start a bog garden?Cut back geraniums and dead head daisy bushes. This will promote a longer flowering season.
  • Spring flowering shrubs such as camellias and Azaleas are already forming buds, therefore begin regular watering and fertilize with a high potassium fertilizer.
  • Deadhead agapanthus flower heads or let dry so that you can harvest the seeds.
  • Loosen compacted soil and mulch to prevent unnecessary watering and to stop weeds from growing.
  • Start trenching for sweet pea planting. Add lots of compost and either super phosphate or bone meal.
  • Keep citrus trees well watered to ensure good crop levels for the coming season. 
  • Start planning and preparing your beds for your spring flowering bulbs. Add sufficient compost and bone meal so you don’t waste any time when you’ve got to plant your bulbs. DO NOT START PLANTING UNTIL THE NIGHT - TIME TEMPERATURES HAVE DROPPED CONSIDERABLY
  • Do not forget something special for your special person on Valentines Day. 
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