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February Garden Checklist

Angelina County, Texas


Complete the bare-root planting of woody landscape plants this month. Container and ball and burlapped plants are in good supply and can be set out most any time. Winter and early spring planting provides an opportunity for good establishment before hot weather comes.


• Don’t fertilize newly set out trees or shrubs until after they have started to grow, and then only very lightly, the first year.


• When buying plants, the biggest is not always the best,especially with bare-rooted plants. The medium to small sized trees (4 to 6 feet) usually become established faster and will become effective in the landscape more quickly than the largesizes.


• Prune roses during February in Angelina County. Use good shears that will make clean cuts. Remove dead, dying, and weak canes. Leave four to eight healthy canes and remove approximately one-half of the top growth along the height ofthe plant.


• Now is an excellent time to select and plant container-grownroses to fill in bare spots in your rose garden.


• Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as quince, azalea, forsythiaand spirea after they finish blooming.


• When pruning shrubs, follow these steps: (1) prune out any dead or damaged branches first; (2) thin out by removing about one-third of the canes or stems at ground level, removing the oldest canes only; (3) shape the rest of the plant but do not cut everything back to the same height.


• Fertilize pansies once again for continued flowering. Don't forget to water when needed.


• A potted plant, tree, shrub, or cut flowers make excellentValentine gifts for loved ones and shut-ins.



Winter Gardening

It has been unusually cold this winter in Angelina County. Recently Master Gardeners did some chores in the native plant bed next to the Extension Building.  Pictured left are Janet Clarke and Shobha Reddy training a Cross vine to a teepee trellis.

Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) climbs to reach the sun in the treetops of East Texas forests. and has a beautiful orange -red trumpet shaped flowers in early spring. The blossom’s rich pleasant fragrance reminds one of coffee with cream.


Master Gardeners Johnny Davis and Richard Campbell are trimming the Gulf Muhly grass back, so when it begins to grow in March it will be neat and attractive.