The month of February has the theme of ROSES! Now is a great time to plant bare root or container roses in our region. Early planting of these bushes allows them to become established in their new locations before they begin to bloom. This increases the number and quality of roses. Plus, the bushes are more prepared to deal with summer heat when it arrives in May-June.
Always plant roses in a sunny, well prepared flowerbed with excellent drainage. They’ll need about 8 hours of full sun daily. Wait to fertilize until established. Enjoy cut rose bouquets all year long!
FEBRUARY TO DO LIST:
-Prune drift roses in the middle of the month, and get ready for a spectacular show in the spring.
-Prune landscape trees and any deciduous & evergreen plants that won’t flower in spring.
-Trim back dormant ornamental grasses in late month. It’s important to remove the brown leaves before the new growth emerges and mixes with the old growth.
-Plant petunias now for a good flower show in early spring.
-Plant bulbs for spring & summer color.
-Remove old flowers from cool-season bedding plants to extend blooming and improve flower show.
-Replenish cool season crops.
-Shop for spring seeds. You can always begin a spring seedling in a cow pot, which is an organic biodegradable solution to planting!
-Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weeds in their tracks for lawns and beds.
-Clean out bird baths and houses to get ready for spring residents.
-Watch for lacebugs on azaleas. They cause foliage to have numerous small white spots as they feed under lower foliage. We can help you control them.
– February is the ideal time to fertilize trees. The trees that benefit most from fertilization at this time are the ones that are in the first 10 years after planting. Trees in low vigor also should be fertilized. The best way to fertilize them is by evenly applying the fertilizer around the base. Place it halfway out from the trunk and slightly past the drip line where most feeder roots are found. Deciduous trees require 4-6 lbs of a balanced fertilizer per 1000 sq ft of area. Evergreen trees are fertilized at a rate of 1-3 lbs per 1000 sq ft.
A great resource for citrus trees is LSU Ag Center’s “Louisiana Home Orchard” pdf document.
February is also a great time to plant pecan and other fruit trees in order to establish a healthy root system.
-Don’t forget your sweetheart! Nothing says love like roses! This year, instead of giving a dozen roses that will die after a few weeks in a vase, what about giving a rose bush that will continue to bloom? Endless love!