If your lawn and garden are anything like ours, they certainly took a hit during the cold snap in December. Zone 7 is just not made for those kind of cold temperatures! We could say that stands for plants and people, too! Will that be the worst of it? No one can say for sure, but what we do know is winter is still around for several more weeks and now is the time to start thinking of all the prep work you should do in February for your lawn and gardens.

Below is a list of a few things you want to make sure you accomplish in early February:

Prune fruit trees – You want to prune apple and pear trees now, but postpone peach pruning until mid-March.

Control weeds – It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. So, make sure no green bermuda sprouts are near the soil surface.

Check for blooms – Look for blooms on your Lenten rose. Few other plants can supply the year-round interest of this evergreen ground cover.

Redesign your lawn –  Redesign your lawn for easier mowing. Eliminate sharp angles and narrow turf areas. Use mulch, new flower beds or a ground cover like mondo grass there instead.

Water winter plants – Water poinsettias, Christmas cactus and amaryllis plants with houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-half strength. Don’t overwater!

Don’t have the time, or the desire to knock out these chores? Call the lawn experts at Stone Creek Landscaping and let us take care of your lawn and garden.