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
• Now is an excellent
time to select and plant container-grownroses to fill in bare spots
in your rose garden.
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
• A potted plant,
tree, shrub, or cut flowers make excellentValentine gifts for loved
ones and shut-ins.