being the rainiest month of the year in southern California and the ground already
saturated by January downpours, gardeners need to take into account the wet
weather when planning their garden activities this month, says Agromin, an
Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic
material collected from more than 50 California cities.
Rose Bushes: After the chance of frost has past, February is the
time to prune rose bushes. Pruning when there is still the possibility of frost
can cause damage to any new growth. Clear stems from the center of the bush to
bring in light and encourage air circulation. Make sure all dead steams and wayward branches are
removed and remaining stems do not touch each other or cross over one another.
Take Care of Snails Naturally: Snails like a cool, moist soil so they thrive in southern California
winters. Some natural ways to keep snails at bay: add plants to the garden that
snails don't like including sage, rosemary and mint; place a layer of mulch or
crushed eggshells around plants (snails don't like the rough surface); sprinkle
used coffee grounds by the base of plants (also good for the soil).
Cut Back Perennials: The advantage of perennials is they
grow year round, but that also means that plants can quickly become overgrown
and unruly. Cut back perennials by trimming long stems so they are no more than
10 inches long. Perennials will grow back fuller and healthier in spring.
Continue to Plant Cool Weather
all types of lettuce as well as carrots, beets, peas, potatoes and radishes.
Quick Herb Garden: Plant seasonal herbs that thrive in cooler weather:
arugula, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel and parsley.
Trim Low Growing Ornamental Grasses: Low growing ornamental grasses such as blue
oatgrass, purple moorgrass, blue fescue and liriope, grow slowly during winter.
Take the opportunity to cut back on these grasses so they are only five to six
Don't Over Fertilize Houseplants: Houseplants feel the effects of winter.
Their growth slows so don't overfeed them. Instead, make sure they receive
plenty of sunlight and they are kept well watered. Wash leaves to remove dust
and grime that may have accumulated.
To Your Landscape: Get a jump on spring by adding colorful plants already in bloom. Long
lasting blooming plants to plant in late February include pansies, violas, primrose,
snapdragons and calendulas.
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