Garden Care in February

What to Do

February is a really great time to do some maintenance to prepare for the upcoming autumn months. Make sure your compost heaps are ready to receive the constant stream of leaves autumn sheds every year.

MP-gazaniasDon’t allow your lawn to become too long and then mow to short. It is hot and the top leaf growth will protect the grass roots. Water once a week if it has not rained.

Watering, mulching and feeding are very important during this hot month.

If you didn’t manage to get your edible garden started yet, you can still get going in some regions, just make sure you pay special attention to watering requirements and what will grow best by getting some advice from your local garden centre, before you get started. Prune summer flowering shrubs now. Plumbago, Potato bush, Honeysuckle, Durantas.

Dead head annuals and perennials so that they keep on flowering.  Allowing some annuals to go to seed will give you seedlings for next season. Many summer flowering annuals start coming to the end of their flowering season and need to be removed.

Remove summer vegetables that are coming to the end of their productive cycle and prepare for planting winter and spring crops.

What to Plant

Plant another batch of bush beans to harvest before winter.

Do not plant winter annuals to early. They don't like the heat.  Rather plant another batch of petunias, marigolds or vincas.  They will still give you lots of pleasure before winter.

What to Sow

Sow spinach, Globe Artichokes, Parsley, Carrots and radish. Don’t forget to companion plant.

Sweet peas must be sown early to make sure of good strong plants and many flowers.

Sow early crops of peas and broad beans in the cooler climates.

Continue sowing regular crops of quick herbs like coriander and rocket.

What to Spray:

Keep roses well watered and spray weekly against fungi.

Pay particular attention to redspider mites on your roses. Use a magnifying glass to check the undersides of the leaves.

Be on the lookout for fungal infections like fairy ring, dollar spot and brown patches on your lawn.

Lookout for mole crickets, ants and harvester termites. Pop into your local accredited garden centre to pick up everything you need.

What to Feed:

Feed containers and hanging baskets fortnightly with a liquid fertiliser.

Lay a thick layer of organic matter around the trees as far as there branches have spread.  Feed with a complete fertilizer once a month.

Feed fruiting plants such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and cucumbers, in order to get a good crop.
Add a lot of compost, bonemeal and an organic fertilizer to the soil as sweet peas enjoy a rich and well-drained soil.

Camellias and azaleas will bloom in late winter and spring. Promote the blooms now. Use 5.1.5 or 3.15; make sure that the plants do not suffer from drought. Add a mulching of acid compost.

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