Maximum Living Gardening Tips for February
February is the month of LOVE, which means there is no better time to start showing some love to your garden. Harsh winter conditions are almost over and many gardens struggle to emerge, so here are some tips to help your garden be all it can be with a little tender loving care!
- Now is the time to cut Winter Daphne flowers to bring the clean fragrance of spring indoors. Make an arrangement in a small vase for a big fragrance impact.
- Prune and shape hedges, shrubs and trees now before flowering buds set in. Remove old dead and diseased wood.
- Cut and force flowering branches indoors, such as Forsythia, Dogwood, Cherry, Apple, Pear, Quince and Honeysuckle, to name a few. Make sure the branch you cut has a nice assortment of flower buds, then make a clean cut to have a branch at least 12 inches in length. Bring branches indoors and soak in warm water for about 15 minutes, make a vertical cut 4 inches up the base of the branch. Place branches in a vase with warm water. Make sure to change water periodically to keep fresh and clean as forcing may take between 2-8 weeks.
- Put out bird houses now as Chickadees start looking for homes in February.
- Repair garden fences and trellises damaged by winter weather
Days are becoming longer and the garden is waking up, which means natures palate of color is once again returning to bring a smile only a garden can bring.
You can do it!