Apply a dormant oil spray to your fruit trees to help control insects.
Gardening "To Do" Tips by Month for Manitou Springs, CO
Sow peas outdoors, even if it’s snowy!
Start some vegetable seeds indoors, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. (See our Best Dates to Plant chart on Almanac.com/Gardening.)
Remove mulch from established strawberries; remove dead leaves from asparagus and rhubarb.
Prune trees and shrubs if they’re susceptible to disease if pruned during warm weather. (Prune while they’re dormant.)
Sidedress asparagus and rhubarb with nitrogen fertilizer.
Prune dormant fruit trees; the fruit will be larger if it has more room to grow.
Before planting outdoors, have your soil tested. Find your local cooperative extension on Almanac.com/Gardening.
Continue providing food and water for the birds and other wildlife.
Move potted plants to containers that are about 2 inches larger in diameter than their current pot.
Trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted as soon as they are available at the nurseries.
Keep the roots of mail order plants from drying out and plant them as soon as conditions allow.
Sow some flower seeds indoors now, such as petunia, salviaa, snapdragon, and verbena.
Sow grass seed if weather allows.
Remove winter protection from roses.
Fertilize your perennial beds with a balanced fertilizer, such as 6-12-12, and your vegetable garden with 12-12-12.
Don’t work the soil if it’s too wet. It should feel like crumbly cake in your hands.
Towards the end of the month, it may be time to sow seeds of eggplant and pepper indoors. (See our Best Dates to Plant chart on Almanac.com/Gardening.)