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Gardening Tips for the Southwest Region for February

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Most bare-rooted trees and shrubs as well as bare-rooted deciduous fruit trees can be planted now.

Do not prune spring-flowering plants until after they bloom. When pruning, never remove more than 1/4 of the total plant.

Finish pruning your roses. Begin fertilizing.

You can begin planting perennial garden crops, such as blueberries, blackberries, and grapes.

Continue to sow cool-season vegetable seeds, such as beets, carrots, cabbage, peas, and potatoes. Continue to transplant artichokes, asparagus, chard, lettuce, and onions.

Finish pruning fruit trees and grapes this month; fertilize deciduous fruit trees with nitrogen when they leaf out; prune frost-sensitive citrus after spring growth.

Many insects can be found in the garden during the winter months. To help control them, spray your plants with a dormant horticulture oil.

Control the weeds in your garden while they are young and tender, or before they sprout. Remove weeds before they seed.

Water lawns and gardens deeply once to twice a week, depending on the amount of rain. Do not overwater.

Watch out for frost damage. Protect trees and plants if temperatures drop to the 20s for more than an hour.


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