It is already the middle of February and already the end of the cold dormant season. Hopefully, it will end soon, as I’m tired of floods, snow, wind and storms.. But who isn’t? However, some gardening chores can’t be postponed any more and have to be done A.S.A.P, or as soon as the weather gets better (A.S.A.W.G.B. or something). There are two main things that have to be done in February in the garden. They are very simple, but you have to be careful not to make a mistake because they are very important. The health of your plants and your whole crops depends on these tasks.
The first thing to do is to get your pruners ready. Go outside and inspect your trees. Remove all branches that are twisted and crossing each other, trim leggy branches, and try to shape your woody plants well. Be careful for branches with buds, which you are removing. Eliminate such parts of your trees only if necessary, because your tree might get stressed and not bloom at all. You can take some of them inside your home and put them in a vase. They will bloom and give you a reason to stay in a good mood until spring.
In some areas it is also necessary to check for heaved parts of your trees. Usually the roots of woody plants pop-up on the surface of soil when heaved. It happens because of big temperature amplitudes like when snow is melting. The weather gets warm during the day, snow melts, the life-cycle of your tree starts and when the temperatures lower during the night, your plant’s juices freeze. Cover the heaved roots with soil and put mulch on them to protect them.
Let’s move to the second chore – transplanting.
It is my favorite winter gardening task, as everything that happens in garden during the rest of the year depends on it. It is absolutely amazing to transplant deciduous trees, bareroot plants and shrubs from one place to another, and to plant seeds (life) into soil (the womb of nature). One important advice: if the weather is still too cold, don’t transplant anything, but wait a little bit more because you will shock your plants with the extremely low temperatures.
Planting starting seeds indoors should be done now, though. Plant seeds in pots and put them in your sunniest room. If you don’t have a sunny room, get yourself a growing lamp and put it close to your plantings. They will grow up until the end of the month and will be ready for transplanting as soon as spring comes.
The February Gardening Checklist may sound simple, but it requires a lot of time.
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