Gardening Tips for February for Ashburn, VA

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Southeast Region

  • Temperatures can drop to freezing this month; annuals that can take the chill include pansies, viola, and dianthus.
  • Clean your annual and perennial flower beds. Add compost to the soil and add more mulch to the beds.
  • Bulbs can still be planted. Water well and apply mulch for protection. Try dahlias!
  • Continue to deadhead flowers, such as pansies.
  • Put down mulch across all garden beds to control for weeds.
  • Divide and replant crowded perennials after they emerge.
  • Fertilize spring-blooming bulbs.
  • Finish planting shrubs and trees. Fertilize.
  • If not done in January, fertilize established fruit trees now.
  • Prune dormant trees. Avoid pruning citrus until the spring.
  • Prune shrubs now; wait to prune spring-flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
  • Fertilize established fruit trees. Continue planting dormant fruit trees.
  • Plant more vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage, collards, onion sets, brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, mustard greens, radishes, turnips, peas, and beets.
  • Plant Irish potatoes now! Plant 3 inches deep.
  • Plant asparagus.
  • Replenish mulch on strawberries.
  • Start your indoor seed boxes of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and cauliflower indoors.
  • Prune roses to remove damaged canes. Then fertilize and apply mulch for protection.
  • Divide and transplant perennial herbs.
  • Seed herbs for April planting.
  • You can fertilize your houseplants with a water-soluble fertilizer when they show new growth.
  • After temperatures rise to 65 degrees F for 4 to 5 days, apply a pre-emergent weed killer to prevent warm-season weeds.
  • Regularly mow your lawn at recommended heights (St. Augustine and Bahia: 3 to 4 inches; Centipede: 1.5 to 2 inches; Dwarf St. Augustine: 2.5 inches).
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